Chances are you wear glasses yourself, or you know someone who does. Because of lenses wear, increase in degrees, frame failure, and many other reasons, you have to replace a pair of glasses more suitable for your own. If your old glasses break or you get a new pair, what will you do with them?
What are the benefits of recycling old glasses?
Recycling old glasses contributes to sustainability and reduces waste. It is a way to give charity in addition to giving money. It can be able to teach children the importance and impact of philanthropy.
Repair your old eyeglasses.
Whether it's a scratch in the lens, a dent in the frame, or a missing screw, it's possible to get your glasses fixed and save you a lot of money. In America, a small screwdriver in an optical store, an electronics store, or even a Christmas cracker is enough to help. Or you can run some thin wire through the hole where the screw is, then use some pliers to wind the wire around the inside of the frame a few times, and then use the pliers to screw the ends together. You can use commercially available scratch repair kits to fix scratches on your lenses, or you can use household products like toothpaste or baking soda to polish and remove scratches. If you don't have time to do it yourself, you can call a professional to fix it.
Old glasses can be second-hand goods.
You can set your sights even further through sites like Freecycle, where you can meet like-minded people who are actively trying to become more conscious consumers. You can get involved in the circular economy by selling your eyeglasses on local websites such as Gumtree or eBay.
Change the lens.
If you like your frames, but your prescription changes or the lenses are damaged, you can simply replace the lenses in the existing frames. Most optical shops will let you choose this method to reduce waste and save money. It is recommended that you take the frame to your local store and talk to the team. They will be able to assess the suitability of your eyeglasses and will be able to give you a quote based on your requirements.
Glasses' material and styles are constantly updated. It is more and more light and more beautiful. Early glasses may have become antiques. You might as well collect your retired glasses according to the time and story, and attach the tragic history of the glasses. Perhaps many years later today will become a beautiful memory. You might as well try the nostalgic and literary style.
Use them in exchange for a new pair.
A trade-in would be an excellent option. The old eyeglasses can be recycled by taking them to the optical shop, which is a low carbon and environmentally friendly.