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Alcon Joins Forces with Plastic Bank to Reduce Waste

A joint offsetting project between Alcon and Plastic Bank is set to remove one ton of ocean-bound plastic for every ton of plastic Alcon uses in its Precision 1 and Total 1 contact lenses and blisters. The partnership will run in nearly 70 countries, including in Australia and New Zealand.

Alcon says the partnership with Plastic Bank, a social enterprise dedicated to stopping ocean plastic and improving the lives of collectors in coastal communities, is a fundamental component of the company’s commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of its products and operations.

Offsetting initiatives offer an effective way for manufactures to improve their plastic impact immediately, while investigating long-term solutions

“At Alcon we want to create a sustainable future where the lives of the people and communities we serve are both better and brighter,” said Rich Oliver, Country Franchise Head for Vision Care, Australia and New Zealand.

“We already use recyclable plastic and cardboard in our contact lens packaging. Now this partnership with Plastic Bank will help us do even more to improve our plastic impact while continuing to help people see brilliantly all over the world.”

Offsetting initiatives offer an effective way for manufactures to improve their plastic impact immediately, while investigating long-term solutions. Alcon says this initiative, combined with the proper disposal of contact lenses by consumers, is part of the solution to reduce the environmental impact of plastic.

“Plastic has enhanced and simplified our lives – not least when it comes to products like contact lenses, which help millions of people all over the world enjoy better vision,” said David Katz, CEO, Plastic Bank.

“By partnering with us, Alcon, its customers, and contact lens wearers, help steward the collection of ocean-bound plastic waste and empower local communities to thrive.”

Alcon has also committed to developing more sustainable products and addressing operational impact by reducing emissions and waste.

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