Behaviours to celebrate

From caffeine fixes to award winners, January has started off with a bang


I am a coffee snob – there, I said it. But then, who isn’t these days? I will confess that I find myself shaking my head sadly when I am served an over-hot, over-long, burnt-tasting drink that has a Jackson Pollock version of latte art.

In the years since moving to London, the coffee scene has changed rapidly, driven by the arrival of antipodean style coffee. (Let’s not get into the debate here over whether it was Wellington or Melbourne that first created the now iconic flat white).

Thankfully – albeit not for my wallet – the coffee shop seconds away from work passes my strict criteria. Handing over my KeepCup yesterday morning, the woman behind me in the queue sighed, before going on to explain that she had forgotten her own reusable cup, and therefore could not purchase her daily caffeine fix.

“My office has a policy that paper coffee cups are banned,” she explained when I looked at her quizzically.

The repercussion for disobeying? “I have to make hot drinks for the entire office all day,” she said with a laugh.

The initiative gave me pause for thought: both in terms of its relative merits (its boldness appeals), but also how constant originality is needed to coax us into applying new behaviours to limit our impact on the environment.

This week, Johnson & Johnson Vision (JJV) highlighted its latest move to get more in-step with this movement. Teaming up with TerraCycle, a company that specialises in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste, the contact lens giant is encouraging wearers to recycle their lenses.

JJV’s research found that 77% of British contact lens wearers said they would recycle their lenses if they could. The recycling programme applies to all contact lenses and runs nationwide in Boots Opticians and selected independent practices.

A weekend to remember and celebrate

This weekend saw a year’s worth of planning come to fruition with the delivery of 100% Optical and the AOP Awards 2019. 

“Truly bigger, bolder and brighter” was the verdict of event director of 100% Optical, Nathan Garnett.

No wonder: the trade show hosted over 200 exhibitors, with 500 eyewear brands and 100 exclusive product launches taking place across the weekend.

Featuring an education programme designed and delivered by the official UK partner of the show, the AOP, head of education, Dr Ian Beasley, said: “Building on previous years, the programme successfully delivered education for all.”

Make sure you have the 25–27 January 2020 in your diary to mark 100% Optical’s return to ExCeL London. Event company Media 10 and the AOP have confirmed their partnership on the show has been extended to at least 2022.

The Awards are now in its eighth year, with headline sponsorship by CooperVision. Fourteen winners were recognised, including Professor Dave Edgar who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Peers pay tribute to Professor Edgar’s achievements and his passion for optometry in OT’s video – recommended viewing.

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