Millmead achieves B Corp certification

The company has implemented a number of sustainable initiatives in recent years

A pair of spectacles is on a white concrete backdrop. The front of the frame is a pink-purple and the arms are a Havana style brown. Circular green leaves are scattered around.

Millmead Optical Group has received B Corp certification, marking a “significant milestone in the company’s journey towards sustainability and social responsibility.”

In recent years the company has committed to reducing the environmental impact of its optical products, production, and distribution.

The company appointed Graeme Hasson as the group’s recycling and sustainability officer and secured membership to the sustainability certification system ISCC Association.

The commitment has also led to the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the company’s Liverpool facility to reduce energy waste and greenhouse emissions, as well as the implementation of a cardboard and paper waste recycling programme and use of FSC Certified or fully recycled paper in office and marketing materials.

Millmead uses MEI machines for waterless glazing, and launched the Cameo Sustain brand with frames made from rPET and recyclable plastic demo lenses. The company also began manufacturing rPET spectacle cases in the UK to repurpose recycled plastic.

Internally, Millmead gifted staff with metal water bottles and promotes Zoom calls to reduce travel, the group said.

James Conway, CEO of Millmead Optical Group, said: “The certification means that business meets the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability, which balances profit and purpose. B Corps use profits and growth to positively impact their employees, communities, and the environment.”

He shared: “Positive social and environmental impact is something that a growing number of customers and consumers look for in their products, and Millmead hopes that this status will certify them as major industry frontrunners.”