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Do Green Activities

As part of the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s efforts to realize a cohesive society in harmony with the environment, the Group offers a wide selection of plant-derived products under the name Do Green.
Do Green MR-60 and MR-174 are the world’s first high-refractive-index lens materials for vision correction to be plant-derived, allowing for CO2 emissions to be cut by roughly 14 percent when compared to conventional lenses. These materials have received biomass product certification from JORA*1 and USDA*2, and provide the same level of material quality as conventional petroleum-derived lens materials. Other products include the plant-derived poly-isocyanate STABiO, and ECONYKOL, a polyol derived from plants used in automobile seat cushions.
Based on fostering awareness toward the global environment through Do Green products, we pursue Do Green activities with the aim of promoting ethical, humanitarian initiatives to improve the lives of producers of raw plant materials and help solve challenges facing agricultural regions.

Working with South Korean-based lens manufacturer CHEMILENS *3, which supported and endorsed the efforts taken here, Mitsui Chemicals undertook a third round of activities under its Do Green initiative. Over an eight-day period from November 10, 2017, we implemented “Activities for Eye Health,” which included eye examinations for 1,011 local residents and children along with education on eye treatment and care for vision loss prevention in Jhabua, part of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The eye examinations carried out here revealed 247 people needing glasses, prompting a second period of activity from June 27, 2018, that spanned three days. Individually prescribed glasses were distributed to these local residents, helping to improve conditions for work and education.


First activity: Residents receive a talk on the importance of eye treatment and care


Second activity: Happy students wear their new glasses

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JORA (Japan Organics Recycling Association) certification:
Provided to environmentally friendly products using plant-derived resources (biomass) certified by the Japan Organics Recycling Association and which meet certain quality, related laws, standards and regulations, etc.
*2
USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) certification:
USDA BioPreferred® provided to plant-derived products certified by the United States Department of Agriculture.
*3
CHEMILENS:
A plastic lens manufacturer established in South Korea in 1988 and the world’s top producer of lenses using Mitsui Chemicals’ high-refractive-index Do Green MR materials.

Outline of Do Green Activities in India

Period November 10 to November 17, 2017 (eight days)
June 27 to June 29, 2018 (three days)
Subjects A total of 1,011 residents of Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, India
Content First period of activity (November 2017):
・Eye examinations delivered by doctors, with prescriptions issued to those needing glasses and cataract patients referred to hospital
Second period of activity (June 2018):
・Distribution of individually prescribed glasses to a total of 241 residents (81 school students, 160 villagers)
Supporting organizations Coordination:
・The Institute of Cultural Affairs (Director: Shizuyo Sato)
・Holistic Child Development India (Director: N. Thomas Rajkumar)
Eye examinations:
・Navjeevan Kendra Jhabua (Director: Sr. Jolly SJSM)
・Jeevan Jyothi Hospital Jhabua (Eye technicians)

As part of its Do Green activities, the Mitsui Chemicals Group is a YOKOHAMA SUPPORTER and cosponsors the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama, which aims to promote harmony between society and the environment. In fiscal 2017, the event was held May 13-14 and, continuing on from fiscal 2016, we presented Do Green sunglasses developed expressly for the event to participants, judges, and event staff members.