If you’re a contact lens wearer, you’ll know that feeling of not knowing what to do when you’re finished with them. From daily lenses to monthlies, most people throw them away. However, few people realise that contact lenses are actually recyclable, as is the blister packaging they come in. To increase awareness of this and to reduce waste, a new solution for contact lens waste has been launched through the introduction of a contact lens recycling program.
About contact lens recycling
What do you do when you’re finished with your contact lenses? If you’re one of the 20% of the 3.7 million contact lens wearers who flush theirs down the toilet or sink, you could be helping the environment by taking advantage of a new contact lens recycling scheme.
The new contact lens recycling scheme has been launched across the UK, allowing contact lens wearers to take their used lenses to Boots Opticians and some independent stores to be recycled. They also offer a collection service that is ideal for people who can’t make it to their nearest store. This is an improvement on existing recycling schemes, which previously required people having to pay to recycle them.
The impact of contact lens recycling
Did you know that the plastic from recycled contact lenses could be turned into a number of items, including plastic timber and outdoor furniture? Recently, there has been a surge of interest in recycling contact lenses and their materials as people look to reduce their plastic footprint.
It’s hoped that these new schemes will make people think twice about flushing their lenses, as this is something that can easily make its way into the sea and cause damage to the environment.
You can find out more about the scheme, run by contact lens manufacturer Acuvue and TerraCycle, on the Acuvue website. The TerraCycle website also offer details of other recycling schemes, including a points reward system, as well as more information on what can be done with recycled contact lenses.
Getting help with eye problems out of hours
If thinking about contact lenses has caused you to think about your own eye needs, remember that there are out of hours opticians services available should you need urgent or emergency eye treatment out of hours. Getting the treatment you need when you need it can help you avoid pain and discomfort, and there are services available to you in the East Berkshire area that you should take advantage of when needed. This could be an issue caused by a contact lens or another kind of eye condition that’s causing you pain or is affecting your vision.
Remember to book a regular check with your opticians to make sure that the prescription you’re using is the right one for you. You might want to consider wearing glasses more to cut down on your contact lens use, while remembering to recycle the lenses you do have. Cutting plastic waste is something that everyone can do to help the environment, helping to ease pollution and making our planet a healthier and safer place for us all to live.