• Mountains and trees in sunset mist with text: Good for the Planet. Good for Business.

Our goal is simple: do better every day.

CooperVision is minimizing our environmental impact and operating more sustainably with a focus on four key areas: water, energy, recycling, and people. We do this because it is the right thing to do—for our employees, our customers, our business, and our planet—and we are proud to share our progress.

CONSERVING ENERGY

Making a difference, one kilowatt hour at a time.

Running 100% renewable sites

  • All New York State operations powered by 100% wind-based electricity
  • Mountpark, UK site powered by 100% biomass

Reducing power consumption

by using natural light, high-efficiency lighting, and advanced control systems in many of our facilities

REDUCING, REUSING, RECYCLING

Realizing the full potential of every resource.

Recycling

>95%

of the materials used in our production process (on average)*

Repurposing

99%

of plastics into new products such as traffic cones and molded chairs*

Reusing

cardboard

containers

5-10x

before they are recycled**

SAVING WATER

Saving millions of gallons by being mindful.

Finding new ways to re-use and recycle water

from rainwater collection programs to the repurposing of water used in production

Minimizing demand

on city-supplied water and decreasing waste water by approximately 1,400,000 gallons (5.299 million liters) per month***

EMPOWERING PEOPLE

Giving employees a chance to make environmentally conscious choices.

Reducing emissions

with more than 70% of employees in Costa Rica and Hungary participating in mass transportation**

Contributing time and effort

as an organization by adopting nearly five acres of the Osa Peninsula, and participating in Earth Day tree planting events and beach clean ups

Buildings in our Costa Rica plant

Earning LEED Silver certification in Costa Rica

Our 100,000 square-foot contact lens manufacturing facility in Alajuela, Costa Rica was recently awarded the prestigious LEED Silver certification for its environmentally conscious design and operation, excelling in categories including energy and water conservation, waste reduction, transportation, and human experience. The plant demonstrates our dedication to sustainability with resource-saving features like a high-efficiency illumination system using natural light, a vegetable oil-powered main transformer, and rainwater collection tanks. More than 95% of materials used in our production process—including 100% of the plastic generated—is recycled, and more than 95% of the plant’s electricity comes from renewable sources. Plus, 70% of our employees commute via mass transportation across 65 routes*

The plant is continuing to make great strides in saving water and energy, recycling materials, and empowering employees to make environmentally conscious choices, while continually striving to improve every day. Their efforts are setting the pace for a brighter, more sustainable business for generations to come.

Recently Awarded Certifications

LEED Silver Certification
(Costa Rica)

BREEAM
"Excellent" Rating 

(Mountpark, England)

 

Protecting local water resources

The Water Reuse Project at our Puerto Rico facility focuses on diverting process water for re-use in cooling towers. Since the project began, it has saved 16,800,000 gallons (63 million liters) of water per year and reduced our demand for city-provided water by 35%*. It has also earned the Environmental Innovation Project of the Year in Puerto Rico, as well as the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority Pre-Treatment Excellence Compliance Award, among other awards.

 Running on renewables

We're proud to say that as part of an organizational effort to use renewable sources wherever possible, all of our operations in New York State have been converted to run on 100% wind-based electricity.

*As of Q1 FY 2018. Data subject to change.
** Puerto Rico and Hungary facilities.
***Puerto Rico facility.
CooperVision sustainability measures may vary from facility to facility, owing to site-dependent external and internal factors.