With Plastic Free July approaching, Feel Good Contacts is urging contact lens wearers to recycle their lenses. The UK’s leading supplier of contact lenses and eye care products has partnered with TerraCycle and their partner, contact lens brand, Acuvue to enable wearers to dispose of their lenses and blister packs at the Feel Good Contacts’ warehouse. The waste is then transferred to a recycling centre.
Feel Good Contacts is one of the first online contact lens retailers to actively participate in reducing plastic waste in the UK. On July 3rd, all UK customers will receive a free eco-friendly tote bag on every order made over £30 via feelgoodcontacts.com for ‘Plastic Free Bag Day’ and will be available on the website thereafter.
Commenting on this eco-conscious initiative Nimesh Shah, Marketing Director at Feel Good Contacts said, “With over 725 million contact lenses being thrown away in the UK every year, Feel Good Contacts is encouraging lens wearers to dispose of them responsibly. Individual contact lenses can end up in our waterways and contribute to micro plastic waste if thrown down the sink or toilet. Contact lens wearers will be pleased to know that they can now recycle their lenses with us and ‘Plastic Free July’ is the perfect time to start.”
He added: “As a company we have been striving to improve our green credentials internally, both in our warehouse and offices and are delighted to be able to offer this lens recycling service. The fight against plastic pollution is well under way, however, there’s still more to be achieved for a greener environment!”
How does recycling contact lenses help the environment?
Whilst they are small, a high increase of disposable contact lenses has been entering our ecosystem, especially from daily contact lens wearers. Most contact lens wearers throw their lenses in the bin or have them flushed down the sink or toilet. Researchers have found that they end up becoming part of sewerage sludge, or flow into the ocean. This means fish and smaller microorganisms such as plankton often misjudge the micro-particles as food. These particles then work their way up the food chain and into the human body.
What are contact lenses made of?
Disposable contact lenses are made of soft, light and flexible hydrophilic plastic, which allows oxygen to pass through the lenses and make them more breathable. Unfortunately, contact lenses do not biodegrade or break down easily hence why they should be recycled.
How do you recycle your contact lenses?
Simply drop them off at the Feel Good Contacts’ Unit 1, 146-148 Granville Road, NW2 2LD, from 8.00am-8.45pm Monday - Friday and 9.30am-5.45pm Saturday and Sunday. If you are a Click and Collect customer, you can bring your old lenses when you come to get your new lenses.
What can I recycle?
- Individual contact lenses
- The blister packs your contact lens comes in
How much waste does this equate to?
Researcher Rolf Halden of ASU’s Biodesign Institute’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering claims that contact lenses could “contribute a load of at least 20,000 kilograms (44,000 pounds) per year.” He calculated that the packaging adds about 29 million pounds (13 million kilograms) of polypropylene to the waste from contacts.
About Feel Good Contacts
Established in 2008 by qualified optometrists, UK based, Feel Good Contacts (feelgoodcontacts.com) is one of the UK’s leading online suppliers of discounted contact lenses and eye care products. It is also the only UK company to offer this discounted service via a mobile app. The matrix below shows the price per contact lens box charged by Feel Good Contacts compared to high street opticians.
The company has been striving to improve its green credentials both at its London based offices and warehouse and is now one of the first online contact lens retailers to actively participate in reducing plastic waste with the recycling of contact lenses.
|Contact Lens Brand||Price Per Box||Savings Yearly vs Specsavers||Savings Yearly vs Vision Express|
|Acuvue Oasys for Ast.||£24.89||£90.00||£126.00|
|Air Optix Colors||£15.50||£54.00||£54.00|
|Air Optix for Ast.||£16.50||£48.00||£192.00|
|Dailies AquaComfort Plus||£13.49||£24.24||£108.24|
|Proclear Toric XR||£26.49||£52.08||£64.08|
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