The transparent polymer is made from 40% biomass, while the granules are produced with renewable energy, which Evonik suggests results in a 50% lower carbon footprint.
Safilo is set to be the first eyewear company to introduce this material, specially optimised for the optical industry, into one of its licensed brands.
The eyewear group will debut the new lenses in January 2022 through the Boss spring/summer collection. The polymer will then be progressively rolled-out across Safilo’s portfolio, with a focus on its Made in Italy brands.
In addition to offering a transparency of more than 90%, the lenses feature resistance to stress cracking and breakage. The companies suggest this provides a durability and safety for premium sun lenses or high-quality visors for ski and snowboard goggles.
Safilo Group’s chief licensed brand and global product officer, Vladimiro Baldin, emphasised the role sustainability plays within the business, adding: “this is why partnerships with materials leaders like Evonik continue to be so important as we push the boundaries of sustainable materials and accelerate the industry.”
The new move builds on the 20-year partnership between the two companies, with Baldin sharing: “We are excited to continue building on our longstanding partnership to add another building block to our sustainability journey, and expect to expand the application of this compelling material to other brands in our portfolio soon.”