Marine life are eating Contact lenses too….
Too much plastic is going into our oceans, and contact lenses and cases are contributing. About 20% of consumers, dispose of their contact lenses down the drain or toilet (about 2.9 billion contact lenses a year) and being heavier than water, the contact lenses sink and end up consumed by bottom feeding fish, which make up part of the food chain. Contact lens manufacturing is plastic intensive and our over use of non degradable plastic as a whole has become a world wide concern with good reason. We want to recommend contact lenses that have been manufactured in a sustainable way. Alcon has made initiatives to reduce waste, energy use and packaging. Bausch and Lomb have a one by one recycling program. CooperVision’s manufacturing plant is a certified LEED facility for environmental consciousness and design, while Johnson and Johnson have made initiatives in sustainable manufacturing.
Please do not dispose of contact lenses down the toilet or sink; remember to recycle the plastic part of the blister pack and the cardboard box the lenses come in……..marine life don’t want plastic for lunch and you don’t want plastic in your sushi!