As contact lens wearers, we all contribute to the amount of plastic waste found in the environment. Each and every year, 3.7 million contact lenses wearers in the UK alone throw away their plastic contact lenses and packaging. In fact, a shocking 1 in 5 simply dispose of them down the toilet or sink.
Following the announcement to ban all use of plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds, it’s made us think what we can do to encourage our customers to reduce the amount of plastic waste found in the environment.
Whereas with plastic straws, stirrers etc. there are other alternatives which we are already seeing the big corporations embrace however, with contact lenses, there isn’t really any such alternative.
Our impact today on plastic waste and our responsibility to reduce it has never been so profound.
In order for us to do our part, we need to ensure proper recycling of our contact lenses and packaging. Fortunately, through the Contact Lens Recycle Programme, this has never been easier or more accessible.
How to Recycle Your Used Contact Lenses
Leading contact lens manufacturer Acuvue has partnered up with global recycling specialists Terracycle to create the ACUVUE Contact Lens Recycle Programme - a network of over 1000 drop off points up and down the UK.
These locations, consisting of Boots Opticians and countless independent optical practices, allow you to drop off your contact lens waste so that it can be recycled properly and efficiently. It’s more than likely that your nearest drop off point will be no further than your local town centre.
If you have any contact lens waste and want to start recycling them, then find your nearest drop off point using the link on the image below. Head to your nearest drop off point and you will find a contact lens recycling bin inside.
What Waste Can You Recycle?
The contact lens recycling programme will accept any brand of soft, disposable contact lenses. Acuvue, CooperVision, dailies, monthlies – they’re all fine.
As well as the lenses, you can also recycle the foil and blister packaging that comes with it.
Waste that is NOT Accepted:
Save 10% on Future Orders by Recycling Your Contacts
We’re also a part of the contact lens recycle programme, with our main shipping address being one of 1000s of waste drop off locations.
Should you rather send your contact lens waste in the post, simply take a picture of your postal receipt and send it to us at email@example.com or share it with us on social media to show you're behind the scheme!
To thank you for your effort and the cost of shipping, we’ll reply back to you with a 10% off code on your next order.
If you’re interested, please ship your contact lens waste to:
35 Bridge Street, Ramsbottom
Terms and Conditions
In order to receive your 10% off discount code*, you must:
1) Ship your accepted contact lens waste (as stated in the article) to the address above
2) Provide proof of postage by taking a picture of your postal receipt and send image to firstname.lastname@example.org or send to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
*Discount applies to all sales items listed on lenslounge.co.uk with no minimum order quantity. This code does not offer free delivery under the £50 threshold.