For Luxottica respecting the environment and people means, first and foremost, carefully selecting the materials it uses for its manufacturing processes. All materials undergo rigorous checks on their chemical composition as well as on their physical and mechanical properties to guarantee compliance with strict quality standards and safety requirements. The sustainable materials recently introduced into the company’s portfolio of raw materials are no exception.
These innovative materials - defined as Biobased by international standards and regulations (such as ASTM D6866, ISO 16620 and EN 16640) include the acetates M49, Biocell and ECA UV and the injection molding material BTR600.
The Biobased acetates are 97% biodegradable thanks to their chemical composition, which is different from the acetate normally used in the Group’s products. As certified by the ISO 14855 standard, these materials are biodegradable thanks to the presence of plasticizers completely free of phthalates in their composition.
The injection molding material BTR600 is produced from renewable sources (e.g. castor oil) for 56% of its composition, making it noteworthy for its reduced impact on the environment.
Following the launch of the first sustainable collection under the Arnette brand, Luxottica has started to foster a “Develop for Sustainability” culture across the organization, which embraces several R&D workstreams.
Projects include material circularity and sustainable packaging. Circularity projects allow to recover and regenerate obsolete polymeric materials deriving from warehouse stocks, which can be reintroduced into the production cycle. Sustainable packaging focuses on introducing recycled fabrics and materials for the eyewear cases.