As climate change and green initiatives are becoming more and more important, we’ve come to realize that there is more we, in the optical industry, can do in the fight against pollution.
One of the biggest culprits in our industry, when it comes to waste, is surprisingly contact lenses. In America, 2.6 to 2.9 billion contact lenses are flushed down the drain, according to an article on Scientific American. In Canada, 290+ million contacts end up in Canadian landfills or waterways every year. These contact lenses end up becoming microplastic that pollutes wastewater and ends up making their way into the environment.
On the bright side, Bausch + Lomb and Terracycle have come together to create a program to help solve this problem! Thanks to the ‘Every Contact Counts’ program, you can now properly recycle your discarded lenses and blister packs, of every brand, at a variety of locations that have the recycling bins.
We are excited to announce that three of our eyeDOCS locations are home to these bins! You can now bring your discarded lenses and dry, liquid free, blister packs to our Kanata, Kilborn and Westboro location for recycling. The cardboard packaging can be recycled through your municipal recycling program.
For more information, you can visit the Every Contact Counts website here or visit any of those clinics to receive an informational pamphlet.