Seeing green: recycled glasses from ECO – earth conscious optics


Well I got into this WONDERful habit of leaving my glasses on my bed next to me, letting them fall to the floor and (inevitably) covered by something, then searching in squinted desperation for them the next morning.

And, of course, the habit caught up with me one day when my “morning hunt” ended with a nice CRUNCH as I stepped on top of my winter coat that was strategically covering my beloved purple and cheetah printed glasses. Welp.

Anyone that can’t see knows that contacts alone can’t get you through the day without getting that 9 p.m. dry eye. So after a few weeks of dealing with the horrible sensation of dry contact peeling at the end of every night (you all know that feeling if you’ve been there) I finally went to For Eyes and got new glasses. I also got a new prescription for more breathable contacts… naturally.

I love having purple glasses, they are not as intense as black frame, somehow they still go with everything, and I’m always the person who gets the random/bright color instead of buying the neutral version of anything.

The best part is that these glasses are made from recycled material. I didn’t realize how expensive glasses are (hello, adulthood). So I figured if I have to pay so much, they might as well be something that is in line with my values. The company, Eco Eyewear, makes a lot of beautiful recycled eyewear. From their website:

ECO is the only eyewear brand made of 95% recycled content and 63% biobased material. A tree is planted for every frame sold. We empower customers to donate their unwanted eyewear to people in need by reusing Eco’s packaging, which provides the gift of sight to 314 million adults and children worldwide. 

Think of how many glasses get thrown away, why not at least let the next pair you buy have a closed loop? AND, why not recycle instead of toss them after the next crunch!


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