Challenges facing the climate and the need for greater sustainability are undeniable. Environmental and social concerns can no longer be mere platitudes expressed and ignored by businesses should they wish to survive and thrive in today’s climate. Action is now expected and demanded in equal measure to reckon with key areas of concern.
For EOS this means putting its long-standing and pioneering technology expertise at the service of leading the world into responsible manufacturing and supporting EOS customers in achieving their own sustainability targets.
3D printed products inherently provide added value when it comes to responsible manufacturing: lightweight designs help to reduce carbon emissions and functional integration and product designs solving complex manufacturing challenges while minimizing waste.
Together with our customer YOU MAWO and Fraunhofer EMI we conducted a systemic Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for YOU MAWO eyewear over the entire life cycle. The study concluded that the carbon footprint of a customized, 3D printed YOU MAWO eyewear is around 58% lower compared to conventionally manufactured eyewear. Furthermore, 3D printed eyewear creates 80 percent less waste compared to conventionally manufactured Acetate eyewear and can help to avoid lengthy post processing. In addition, additively manufactured eyewear is lighter, more stable and has a higher wearing comfort.
Sustainable thinking has always been in our company DNA. We have the innovative power and mindset to make a difference. All of this is a team effort, and we invite partners and customers to join us on this journey and support our goal of establishing responsible manufacturing as the new normal.
Marie Langer, CEO of EOS
Our effort is confirmed by EOS being selected to represent the 3D printing industry as part of the 50 Sustainability and Climate Leaders initiative. It is a response from the international business community demonstrating the desire, the leadership, and the will to take effective action in the fight against climate change.
The earth is the most valuable resource that we have yet keeping the balance between living well and respecting the natural resources of our planet is challenging. Responsible manufacturing is our approach to contribute to a more sustainable future. Combining financial performance with a positive social and environmental impact through our business is what we are aiming at.
Björn Hannappel, Head of Sustainability for the entire EOS GROUP