Making positive, sustainable change for all

3 June 2024
Acuity digital

ADVERTISEMENT: Find out how Johnson & Johnson are taking care of the planet, while still demanding excellence in vision and comfort from their contact lenses.

A commitment to reducing our impact on the planet

More and more as countries, organisations and as individuals we understand that we need to take care of our planet to ensure our world is one worth seeing now and in the future. At Johnson & Johnson we want to make a positive difference by minimising our impact on the climate, tackling waste and protecting our natural world.

Feeling good about your contact lens recommendation

As well as demanding excellence in vision and comfort from their contact lenses, more patients also want to know that their choice of contact lens manufacturer is acting responsibly in relation to its impact on our planet.

Our commitment, in focus

Reducing contact lens waste

You can recycle contact lens outer boxes, instruction guides, reusable containers and solution bottles in your recycling bin. However, due to their nature and size, recycling facilities are unable to accept contact lens blister packs, foils and contact lenses, so we introduced the ACUVUE® Recycling Programme, in partnership with TerraCycle®.

Together with our partner opticians, we have recycled over 15 million contact lenses, blister packs and foil covers so far!2

We are constantly working to find further ways to reduce waste, including:

Saving 12.7 tons of plastic per year3

Removing unnecessary plastics in our delivery processes

Recycling 89% of raw materials4,5

Reducing waste from ACUVUE® manufacturing sites

Considering climate

Through our current renewable and energy efficient initiatives, we're saving 48,000 tons of CO2 per year, the equivalent to removing more than 10,000 cars from the road.*3

And by 2030, we're planning to achieve carbon neutrality in all our operations, with our current efforts including:

Using 100% renewable electricity at our manufacturing site

Wind power is used to produce ACUVUE® contact lenses in Limerick, Ireland5

Certified energy management systems

Our systems - including policies, targets improvements and use of data.** meet ISO 50001 standards

Protecting the natural world

We're working hard to minimise our impact on the planet by limiting our use of natural resources and finding ways to protect the environment, championing initiatives like:

Award winning

We received the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Award 2021 for our Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Central Utility Plant in Jacksonville, Florida6

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Want to know more about what ACUVUE® are doing to support sustainability?

Talk to your ACUVUE® Account Manager today.

References & footnotes

All ACUVUE® contact lenses have UV Blocking to help provide protection against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye. UV absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV absorbing eyewear such as UV absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV absorbing eyewear as directed by your Optician.

*CO2 savings are based on engineering estimates completed at the time the projects were approved. Equivalency calculation was completed using US EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.

**JJ Campus Ireland ISO50001 Re-Certification, JJ Campus Ireland ISO50001 Certification

1. 11-question online survey of 2,000 UK adults, via TRUE Global Intelligence in partnership with Vitreous World, March 2022

2. Visit: https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/brigades/acuvue

3. JJV Data on File 2022. Data Substantiation for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects at US and Ireland ACUVUE® Contact Lens Manufacturing Facilities.

4. Annual waste data from Limerick + Jacksonville referenced in Curve database through EHS departments at each manufacturing site.

5. JJV Data on File 2020. Sustainability Statistics for ACUVUE® Contact Lens Manufacturing.

6. JJV data on file 2022. LEED Certification.

ACUVUE® Contact Lenses are indicated for vision correction. For detailed product description and safety information, please consult the Instructions for Use or visit our Johnson & Johnson website.

ACUVUE® is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson © Johnson & Johnson 2024.

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