Contact lenses pose an environmental risk


 

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Natalia Welzenbach-Marcu | August 21st, 2018

Contact lenses have a bigger impact on the environment than previously thought.

The corrective lenses can be used once or multiple times, depending on the type. But with a plethora of daily-use contacts, more and more of the corrective lenses are being steadily disposed of.

Capable of correcting vision without the need of glasses, contact lenses are a soft and flexible plastic material, and this becomes a problem when wearers dispose of their old lenses by flushing them down the toilet or sink.

Disposing of contacts in the trash instead would be a much better option, as cluttering up waterways causes significantly more damage than simply filling up a landfill.

Some movements are being made to consciously recycle the plastic packaging for contacts as well.

 

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