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EYE FOCUS | COVER STORY that may cause nickel allergies affect- ing one per cent of men and 10 per cent of women worldwide. With approximately 1,000 workers, the Longarone facility is the largest of the four Safilo plants located in Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy. This state-of-the-art, end-to-end facility primarily focuses on the production of metal eyewear, covering the entire pro- duction cycle, and is at the forefront of technology. Karun Pacific Collection In light of this, Optical Prism is taking a closer look at some of the eyewear manufacturers who are trying to make a difference by minimizing their car- bon footprints. SAFILO Safilo, a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and distribu- tion of sunglasses, optical frames and sports eyewear, has implemented a series of sustainability, environmental impact and safety initiatives at the Longarone, Italy, facility. This includes precious metal recycling, industrial water reuse – thus also reduc- ing water usage and wastewater pro- duction – CO2 emission reduction and the improvement of workers’ health and safety indexes. Safilo obtained the highest certifica- tions in terms of quality, safety and corporate social responsibility – the most recent being the ISO 50001 6 EYE FOCUS December Digital 2019 energy management system certifica- tion which is currently underway. This was made possible thanks to various factors, such as energy efficiency, the use of sustainable, low-environmental impact materials and the reduction of carbon emissions, which are constant- ly monitored by external parties on all the production methods and technolo- gies used. Safilo has also introduced 100 per cent nickel-free production processes at its Longarone facility. These new methods have already been tested and are cur- rently in use across all the production lines, from high-end to middle-segment eyewear products. “Developing nickel-free decorative galvanic finishes was a top priority for Safilo to ensure the safety of workers and consumers alike,” says Fabio Rop- poli, chief operations officer at Safilo. Although glasses come in direct contact with the skin only to a limited extent, they are among the accessories Starting this fall, all of Safilo’s globally produced point-of-purchase market- ing materials, namely counter cards or show cards, will be FSC certified, representing another significant step towards environmental sustainability. To this end, any new printed point of purchase materials produced globally or locally in individual countries, will follow the same global directive. KARUN Nestled in the mountains of Patagonia, Chile, Karün is unlike most other eye- wear companies around the world. "We inspire people to reflect over the question: what would the world look like if we understood that we are all na- ture?” explains Karün brand manager Dani Edwards. “We do this by creating products which are made by protecting nature, learning from indigenous cultures and empowering local communities.” Karün has committed to making high-quality sunglasses using only natural, noble or recycled materials and working alongside local commu- nities in Patagonia.