Everyone in Recycla’s household wears eyeglasses. In fact, a couple members of the household have multiple sets of glasses depending on their function — distance vision, reading, prescription sunglasses, etc. Recycla and her husband tend to wear their glasses for years; usually discarding them only if the frames are truly broken beyond repair. Recycla’s children, however, have recently outgrown some of their old frames, so Recycla decided to do some research on what to do with those old glasses.
The best possible solution is to donate your old glasses to an organization that will then distribute them to people who could not otherwise afford glasses. This gives the frames a new life and keeps them out of landfills, not to mention helps out other people in need. Check out this article at Charity Guide for useful links on how your old glasses can be re-used by people here in the U.S. and in developing nations around the world.
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?