Nachhaltigkeit

Keeping the planet as beautiful as it is.

As a family business, we take a long-term view and act in the best interests of our planet’s future. After all, what good are premium glasses if we cannot enjoy the beauty of nature around us?

To live up to our mission, we operate sustainably and responsibly and do everything we can to protect the environment for generations to come. We believe that our innovative spirit helps us to keep finding new, sustainable solutions that reduce our impact on the planet.

Making great strides towards our carbon elimination goals

Even though our eyewear production is already CO2-neutral thanks to carbon offsetting, we are working tirelessly to keep reducing our emissions. One major advantage in our race to eliminate carbon has been our on-site solar energy production, involving both rooftop solar panels and solar “flowers” (smaller, column-mounted solar panels arranged in a flower-shaped array, which automatically rotate to optimize exposure to the sun). We are also converting our vehicle fleet to electric and hybrid vehicles, and our production facilities are powered exclusively by CO2-free green electricity. The remaining tons of CO2 that we emit are offset through certificates issued by Gold Standard projects in the global South.

Making great strides towards our carbon elimination goals

That’s something to be proud of: 100 % CO2-free electricity.

Our mission: zero emissions. At our corporate headquarters and at our production site, we already use 100 percent CO2-free, sustainable and environmentally friendly electricity. Our energy is generated from natural, renewable sources such as wind, solar, small sourced power, and biofuels and is free of CO2 and nuclear power. We are committed to investing in clean energy for the future. Our own solar energy panels generate around 13 % of the electricity we consume each year. And our green energy mission is only just getting started.

That’s something to be proud of:  100 % CO<sub>2</sub>-free electricity.

Every drop of water counts.

At the Silhouette Group, every drop of water is precious. We make great efforts to conserve water. We are also constantly working to improve the quality and purification of the wastewater we produce. For example, the wastewater at our production site passes through state-of-the-art treatment facilities and can then be reused. Through water monitoring with smart water meters, we monitor, evaluate and analyze all our water consumption. At our production site in Linz, we recycle over 104,000 liters of water a day in an Austrian water protection area.

Every drop of water counts.

70 %

of our suppliers and agencies

are based in Austria.

104000

liters of water

are recycled daily at our production site in Linz, which is located inside a water protection area that meets the highest Austrian environmental standards.

100 %

CO2-free, sustainable

electricity is used to power the Silhouette Group production sites.

Josef Keplinger, <br>Head of Quality, Employee Safety, Environment

Josef Keplinger,
Head of Quality, Employee Safety, Environment

„The Silhouette Group’s green initiatives are playing an important role in environmental protection.“

Our Sustainability Report: Responsibility writ large

The Silhouette Group has always been ahead of its time. We have been abiding by the principles of sustainability intuitively ever since our company was founded in 1964 - before the word “sustainability” was on any company’s agenda. Our desire to protect the environment has always influenced every decision we make. And now, we are proud to present a full Sustainability Report, detailing all our company’s environmental and social responsibility initiatives. This is one more way in which we live up to our responsibility towards people and the planet.

Our Sustainability Report: Responsibility writ large
Arnold Schmied, <br>Member of the owner family

Arnold Schmied,
Member of the owner family

„We have made two commitments: to keep our manufacturing based in Austria and to conserve natural resources.“

Certificates

International certificate: ISO 9001 / 45001 / 14001 Certificate
ISO 9001 / 45001 / 14001 Certificate Silhouette International Schmied AG und A. Schmied sro
ISO 9001 / 45001 / 14001 Certificate Neubau eyewear GmbH
EMAS certificate Silhouette International Schmied AG