We were able to achieve the status of TÜV AUSTRIA-certified “carbon neutral (with compensation)” through the following measures. All other emissions that are still unavoidable, are offset with investing in projects that protect both people and nature.
All of our eyewear are developed and manufactured in our local production facility. This gives us direct control over flexible, efficient production processes which ensures a minimal environmental impact.
Since Austria is home to some of the strictest environmental protection regulations in the world, it is a perfect location for promoting our sustainable production practices. In addition, our production facility is subject to strict regulations for water protection areas.
Sustainable production begins with electricity from renewable energy sources; emission-free and sustainable. Our production facility is supplied with electricity from 100% renewable sources — a combination of solar, wind, hydropower, biomass and biogas. In addition, all existing and expandable roof areas have been used for extensive photovoltaic installations.
The use of a chemical thermal process technology plant allows us to filter large amounts of exhaust air generated during the production of eyewear. We use sophisticated filtration technologies to purify exhaust air, removing 97% of pollutants. The exhaust gas purification at our headquarters far exceeds the legal requirements for emissions reduction, resulting in nearly zero emissions!
A total of 370 light sources converted to LED at the production site reduce electricity consumption by 60%.
Located in a water conservation area, we already follow strict wastewater regulations. Every day, the wastewater from our production is carefully analyzed, and the pH value, water temperature and volume of wastewater are continually monitored. Therefore our wastewater is treated in-house to filter out pollutants and make it safe for water treatment.
Heat recovery is a technical process in which energy is made usable again. We use waste heat generated during individual production steps for air drying in our eyewear production.
Our company cars are mostly electric.
Our company-wide Code of Conduct for suppliers requires strict adherence to environmental norms and responsible sourcing practices. We only work with partners and suppliers who meet our ethical and ecological requirements.
Our Diversity Charter is an initiative to promote respect for all members of society regardless of gender, age, origin and skin color, sexual orientation, religion and world view, or physical or mental disability.
Our polymer frames are either 65% or 100% plant-based. We are therefore making a great progress at a time when only 0.5% of the total plastics produced worldwide are made from plant derivatives.
From 2022, we will produce eyewear made of sustainable acetate. The plant-based material is a composition of wood and cotton. Thanks to purely plant-based plasticizers, the acetate is certified biodegradable.
Our 3D printing process is not only innovative, but also sustainable as only material needed during the sintering process is used. Any access material can be reused.
Our high-quality beta titanium from Japan and recycled stainless steel is extremely durable and can be recycled an indefinite number of times.
The recycled-plastic cleaning cloths are wrapped exclusively in recyclable paper, which eliminated
the need for 360,000 plastic wrappers between 2017 and 2020.
Since 2017, over 180,000 empty plastic bottles have been recycled into NEUBAU EYEWEAR cleaning cloths. The 12 grams of plastic derived from a single half-liter bottle is enough to make two cloths.
Environmental awareness is always at the forefront of NEUBAU – also concerning accessories and by-products. Only carefully selected materials that meet our high environmental standards are used for our accessories, packaging and marketing brochures.