Luxottica is committed to exploring innovative approaches that reduce the volume of materials used in packaging and use packaging materials with reduced impact on the environment, while satisfying the needs of its customers.
Eyewear packaging serves various purposes, such as protecting goods, preventing theft, branding, being economical and achieving a balance between effective performance, cost and environmental impact. Under current law, packaging comes in three types or functional categories: primary, secondary, tertiary.
In Luxottica, primary packaging is a case containing a pair of glasses; secondary packaging is a white box containing a given number of cases (containing pairs of glasses); and tertiary packaging is used for transport, needed to ship eyewear that is already in primary and secondary packaging and comes in the form of pallets or boxes.
We know that more sustainable packaging makes business sense. Smaller and lighter packaging helps us lower our input, packing and transport costs and further reduce the fuel consumption of our fleet. Our approach to managing the environmental footprint of our packaging is based on three objectives:
• Use as small a quantity of materials as possible
• Use of materials and solutions that have a lower environmental footprint over their lifetime compared with their alternatives
• Use of materials that are easier to recycle and, where possible, re-use, hence reducing waste
We are continuously looking for new ways to maximise the efficiency of our packaging process and reduce the environmental impact. This process involves three phases, all of which are under continuous improvement:
• internal processing
• procurement of materials
• delivery to clients.
Luxottica’s focus on packaging starts with internal processing and is geared to using minimum amounts of packaging (to limit waste and waste disposal issues). Then in the design phase we are involving partners and suppliers to study solutions that can achieve lower environmental footprint. The remaining waste is sorted and transferred to 3rd parties for recycling and re-use.