Did you know your contact lenses are recyclable?

The majority of contact lens wearers are misinformed about recycling their contact lenses. Every year up to 3 billion contacts end up in wastewater treatment plants due to contact lens wearers tossing their contacts down the drain of their sink. 

Recycling something as small as a contact lens can make a huge impact. Contact lenses cannot be recycled through standard recycling practices due to their small size. They normally get filtered out and end up in landfills. Microplastics, like contact lenses, contribute to the 8 million metric tons of plastic in the ocean. 

 

Together, we can make a difference with recycling your contact lenses, One by One. 

How can you help?

  1. Collect: Hold on to your used foil top, contact lenses, and the blister pack; it is all recyclable!
  2. Drop off your lenses at our office!
  3. Once our recycling container is full, we ship all of the material to TerraCycle. TerraCycle upcycles the material to become park benches, playgrounds, and other structures! 

Any type or brand of contact lenses can be recycled. This program has collected over 6 million items in over two years! This is a simple and easy way to be environmentally conscious, so help us save this beautiful place we call home!

 

 

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