Happy Earth Day: Living And Working In Drought States

April 22nd is Earth Day and today I am going to talk about a global crisis and that is water. I know I do this every year, but now it is getting really bad. Believe it or not, each of us can live with a shower, without our phones, without our cars.. WE CANNOT live without water. In fact, you can only live 3 days without water. It is not only the … [Read more...]

What If Offices All Went Green?

By now, each of us had heard about the green revolution. Going Green can also save you green. Less oil addiction, lower prices, ease of transportation, cleaner air, cleaner office environments, healthier people. So what would happen if all Offices went green? … [Read more...]

Costa Launches Clean Ocean Initiative

When Optician Daily interviewed me, they asked, what is the one thing that no-one knows about you. I should have responded I hate litter. I hate it so much that I pick up beach trash almost everyday. The good news is companies such as Costa have continued with their ocean conservation by introducing a campaign to educate about the growing ocean … [Read more...]

Up-Cycled Mirrored Optical Lenses By Mehdi Kasaoui

Gearing up for Earth Day We are loving the up -cycled optical lenses by Paris based artiste Mehdi Kasaoui, He does everything from lamps to jewelry to works of art. Trashion is a hot look and Mehdi Kasraoui, takes it to a new level with his his Sunglass Dress, headbands, hats, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings. Talk about … [Read more...]

Vision-Ease Lens Earns Sustainability Honor in 2014 Minnesota Business Manufacturing Awards

Ramsey-based manufacturer takes first place for environmentally friendly practices  RAMSEY, MINN. (Sept., 2014) – For Vision-Ease Lens’ dedication to making more sustainable lenses, Minnesota Business Magazine  named the manufacturer its Sustainability Award winner during its 2014 Manufacturing Awards  on Sept. 23 in Minneapolis. The … [Read more...]

Green And Save: Operating In Drought Conditions

"Whisky is for drinking; water is for fighting over" Mark Twain  Industry and political Leaders rank the Water Crises as the third highest global concern. In fact, 28% of the EU said that poverty, hunger and lack of drinking water represented the biggest problem for the world. (Source)  We, in San Diego, along with many other cities in … [Read more...]

Why Are We Doing Shark Week?

Many of you were scared to death in Jaws, maybe some of you have seen sharks in the wild and maybe you watch Shark Week, a weeklong TV program launched in 1987 dedicated to bringing awareness to sharks. Sharks are in serious decline globally and in some areas up to 90%. The cause of decline, human, over- fishing and now Finning. The thing is, … [Read more...]

Scrappy Sunwear As Part Of Decor

We have just passed National UV Protection month, National Sunglass day and while we have stated that sunglasses are for glare prevention, eye health, UV...yada, how about using eyewear and sunwear as decorator pieces? These sunglass and eyewear racks are made from scrap wood and lumber which you can find in all construction sites, some Home … [Read more...]

Reuse Eyeglasses: 21 Upcycled Eyeglass Necklaces

We all know how many eyeglasses are wasted and thrown away. In fact it is estimated that over 4 Million pairs of glasses are thrown away every year while more than 1 billion people globally cannot afford a pair of glasses. The best way to reuse eyeglasses is to donate them to Lions Club, Vosh or other charitable organizations. Maybe you and or … [Read more...]

Reuse Wine Corks – Make An Eyeglass Sculpture

With Earth Day coming up, we found this on Pinterest a way to reuse wine corks to make eyeglass sculptures. Whoever did this did a great job, and I am sorry, I cannot find the original author- creator. … [Read more...]

Increasing Employee Productivity

Have you ever wondered how to make your employees more productive? Try this, put in real plants. Studies have shown that houseplants aid employee productivity, aid in concentration, and increase staff well being and morale by up to 47%.  (Source TNO Quality of Life Study) Eye Bogglers Real Plants in a classroom can boost the learning … [Read more...]

Cardboard, PV, Sinks, Books, Clothespins And Pallets.. 21 Upcycled Eyewear Displays

We are into Earth Month and nothing says you want to green and save than by your merchandising. Why not celebrate Earth Day and Month with some eco friendly displays?  For more ideas see our posts: Luggage, Bottles,  Picture Frames, These DIY's are all up cycled, Cardboard tubes are free. You can paint them, adorn them, glue sparkle and ribbons … [Read more...]

Green And Save: Interview With Johnny Cook of Smarter Eyewear

Awhile back on one of the forums, Johnny Cook of Smarter Eyewear posted these amazing pictures of his new Eco Friendly Eyecare office. It was so unique in that he salvaged pallets from all over. (Pallets are Free, check out craigslist) I was intrigued and asked him if we could do an interview. East Texan,Johnny Cook has working in the optical … [Read more...]

America Recycles Day: 12 Ways To Recycle Optical Lenses

November 15th is America Recycles Day. A Day in which to bring attention and motivate people to recycle. Eyecare professionals are in a unique position to help the world globally to see by encouraging patients to recycle their lenses, readers and eyewear to organizations like the Lions Club.  I think we all know how important Vision … [Read more...]

Swoonworthy Art From VisionWeb

At the AOA meeting in San Diego, Shirley and I were fortunate that the VisionWeb marketing team could take a few hours and come over for a Beach BBQ. Many of you may know, I try to pick up beach trash everyday and my house is surrounded and invaded by Beach Art. In the course of our conversation, we got talking about 'green' and I said, online … [Read more...]