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December 01, 2023 1 min read

Seeing Clearly: Contact Lens Packaging Gets a Green Makeover

Welcome back, GFZs! 

Today, let's chat about something we might overlook daily—contact lenses! 

We've all been there or know someone dealing with those tiny plastic packages for contacts, right? 

But wait for it... drumroll, please! Good news has arrived. It turns out that these pesky little packages are getting a makeover—one that's eco-friendly!

A game-changing project on the block is ready to rescue more than 600,000 units of contact lens packaging in just six months. Unfortunately, a whopping 250 million contact lens packets reach landfill sites annually. 

National Pharmacies and Opticycle have teamed up to salvage these discarded lens packets and give them a second chance at life. They will be collected from selected pharmacies and optometrists recycled into plastic and aluminium at another facility.

Thanks to some genius minds, recycling contact lens packaging is becoming a reality. Imagine the sheer delight of knowing they'll have a second life rather than haunting our beautiful planet.

This initiative isn't just a spectacle; it's a vision (double pun, not sorry). Companies are stepping up, recognising the need for change, and altering their packaging to help reduce waste.

Sure, it might seem like a drop in the ocean, but remember, every drop counts in creating a ripple effect of change. Let's keep our eyes peeled for more sustainable solutions and for the white Opticycle collection boxes throughout pharmacies and optometrists near you! 

Until next week! For now, you'll love our feel-good Earth news story about these human bin chickens... intrigued? Enjoy! 

Much love, 

GFZ Team xx

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