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“Green” Achromat Lenses
Nov 2005
IDEX Health & Science - Melles Griot, Light Sources GroupRequest Info
A New Line of Earth-friendly Optical Elements
CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 3 -- As part of an ongoing environmental commitment, photonic components and subsystems manufacturer Melles Griot is introducing new optical elements made with lead-free and arsenic-free glass.

An earth-friendly approach to optics development, these “green” products protect the workers who manufacture them, safeguard the environment they are made in and help support the well being of the end-user, according to the company. Direct replacements for the traditional line of standard achromat lenses, the new “green” products were introduced to the global marketplace in the new Melles Griot Catalog X. Launched at an international trade show in Munich, Germany, Catalog X features 87 “green” achromat lenses made without the health and environmental risks associated with exposure to heavy metals.

Melles Griot says glass manufacturers have taken significant strides in designing and manufacturing lead-free products as part of a larger global trend. Schott, for example, is replacing most of its glass products with lead-free and arsenic-free equivalents as denoted by the letter “N” in front of the current name (e.g., N-BK7, arsenic-free BK7). In a nod to this collective movement toward earth-friendly practices, and as part of their long-term commitment to the environment, over time, Melles Griot says it will be offering additional “green” products that will help the world see into a clearer, greener future.

For more information, visit:; e-mail:

Melles Griot
Photonics Components Group
2051 Palomar Airport Rd., 200
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Phone: (800) 835-2626
Fax: (760) 804-0049
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