Blog : Meet a Green Alliance Business: Harbor Eyecare Center

By Sarah Mahoney | Jan 20, 2015 | in

Who: Harbor Eyecare Center

What: After its 2011 renovation, Harbor Eyecare Center moved to become a more sustainable business, incorporating efficient upgrades, instituting a comprehensive recycling program throughout the office, selling frames made of recycled materials and Miru contact lenses, which boast a two-thirds less carbon footprint than competitors' contact lenses.

Co-owner Dr. Sarah Hudson admits that at the beginning of her career in 1998, concern for the environment and sustainability was not a pressing issue in the eye care industry. As that bar has risen, however, Harbor Eyecare Center has not only kept up but has become a leader as one of the region’s top socially responsible and environmentally aware eye care practices.

Staff members at Harbor Eyecare Center believe that personal wellness is connected to communal and environmental health. In an effort to support the community, Harbor Eyecare's staff members volunteer their time to events, organizations and charities, such as Families First Health and Support Center, providing vision screenings during Portsmouth Children's Day and giving eye examinations to athletes at the New Hampshire Special Olympics as well as taking part in the 3K Walk for Sight, sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of the Blind.

Where: 161 Deer St., Portsmouth

Web: www.harboreyecare.com

Call: 603-430-0211

What makes it green:

  • Sells frames made of recycled materials.
  • Offers Miru daily use contacts, which maintains a two-thirds less carbon footprint than competitors.
  • Instituted a comprehensive in-office recycling program.
  • Recent renovation includes energy-efficient upgrades.
  • Advocates the health of the environment depends on the health of a community.
  • Volunteers at various community-based events and charities.

All Green Alliance Businesses are green certified. Read Harbor Eyecare Center's full certification documents and learn more about its sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 other local green businesses at www.greenalliance.biz. 

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