Specsavers in Dundrum is delighted to have been awarded at the recent Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber of Commerce Envirocom Awards. Presented by An Cathaoirleach Carrie Smyth along with An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, the awards honour businesses and non-profit agencies for their achievements in protecting the environment, reducing waste and saving energy.
Award winning store
Awards were given across a range of categories including Energy and Water Conservation, Waste Prevention and Environmental Performance and Innovation. Specsavers Dundrum was successful in the category ‘Engaging Communities in an Environmental Projects’ for businesses with over 50 employees.
Vision Aid Overseas
The specific activity which secured the accolade for the store is the work they do on behalf of Vision aid Overseas, a charity that provides optical services to disadvantaged people in Africa suffering from poor vision due to lack of access to spectacles.
2,000 pairs of frames donated to charity
Once every three months a consignment of glasses are sent to Vision Aid Overseas, last year Specsavers Dundrum sent approximately 2,000 pairs to the charity. This effective way of reusing spectacles has significant benefits for the environment as it prevents non-biodegradable materials such as stainless steel, nickel and cellulose acetate from being sent to landfill. It also saves on resources that may otherwise be necessary to make new spectacles.
Staff and community efforts
Commenting on the award, Specsavers Dundrum Store Director Catherina Mc Gleenon said,”I am really delighted to have had the great work carried out by store employees recognised at these awards. We have actively worked with other community groups in order to collect unused spectacles. In addition one member of staff also travelled to Zambia this summer to deliver spectacles directly to those who will benefit from them.”