Can Contact Lenses be Recycled

                                                                                 Image by Bruno Henrique from Pixabay

Eye care offices are now teaming up and are collecting used contact lenses and the blister packs.

Why are they doing this?

As contact lenses are made of plastic and over time they  deteriorate and break down into microplastics. 15-20 percentage of contact wearers flush their contacts in the toilet or down the drain and out into our oceans. It is estimated that 6-10 metric tons of plastic contact lenses end up in the oceans. ( EcoWatch, Aug 20,2018 )

How to recycle your contacts?

Terracycle is a company that is collecting the blister packs and lenses.

Call your local eye doctor near you to learn if they will recycle your contact lenses.


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