Everyone in Recycla’s household wears eyeglasses. Among the four people, there are nine pairs of glasses that cover a variety of uses, including reading glasses, bifocals, shatter-proof sports glasses, and more. While Recycla and her husband tend to wear their glasses for years, the children, however, outgrow their frames every couple of years, which means that something has to be done with the old spectacles.
Luckily, those old frames don’t have to go into the trash. In the U.S., there are several organizations that collect old glasses and then distribute them to people who cannot otherwise afford to buy any. This gives the old frames new life and keeps them out of landfills. The Lion’s Club, One Sight, and New Eyes for the Needy are three groups that collect millions of pairs of old glasses every year. Various eyecare chains — including LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical,and Sunglass Hut — also collect used frames for those in need. All of the groups and companies listed above actively work to get glasses to those who need them — both in the U.S. and around the world.
For those of you who wear glasses, if you have frames that need simple repairs, don’t throw them out! Instead, see what you can do to get more life out of them. All drugstores carry those wee little screwdrivers that can tighten the teeny tiny screws in your glasses. If, however, a repair is beyond your capabilities, most optical shops will repair them free of charge.
And if you are in the market for new frames, check out this post on eco eyeglasses!
Tell the Eco Women: Do you wear glasses? If so, what’s your style? Edgy metal European frames? Bright red horn-rimmed frames? Black Clark Kent frames?
The Eco Women are not affiliated in any way with the companies and groups mentioned. Photo credits: Yahoo Images.