Do you have a pile of glasses gathering dust at the back of your cupboard? Instead of chucking them out with the few things you can’t recycle (we’re looking at you paper coffee cups!), here are 5 tips on how you can put your old specs to better use.
1. Reuse Them
If your frames are in mint condition but just don’t do the job anymore – ie you can’t bloody see with them – look into getting your lenses remade.
Our lens replacement service Clens can give your glasses a second chance at life at a fraction of the cost and inconvenience of your optometrist. We can remake any brand of frame with any type of lens – single vision, prescription sunnies, multifocal, you name it. Just pop your specs in the mail, send us your prescription and we’ll do the rest!
2. Donate Them
You might not be able to see with them, but your humble specs could help someone else learn to read or get a job. Recycle 4 Sight Australia is an awesome initiative by Lions Clubs International that collects used glasses and sunnies and distributes them to those in need. Since its inception 15 years ago, the program has donated 2.5 million pairs (!) internationally with big plans to reach 1 million glasses donated per year. Give your local club a buzz to find out how you can help.
3. Wear Them
Okay, it’s a bit of a hipster fad, but wearing empty frames can add a bit of geek chic (and some IQ points) to your outfit. They’re also handy for costume parties – what’s Harry Potter without his round specs – and for hiding dark circles when you’ve run out of concealer.
4. Upcycle Them
Here’s one for the arty and crafty Sneaky Duckers among us – if your glasses are broken beyond repair, try your hand at repurposing them. Pinterest and Etsy are littered with examples of eyewear which have been reborn as jewellery pieces, Christmas tree decorations, business card holders… even a sunglasses chandelier!
5. Keep Them
The main rule of glasses wearing is have a spare pair. It only takes a moment to lose, sit on or drop your only pair of specs but days or even weeks to get your eyes tested, choose a new pair and have them made up. Save yourself the struggle by keeping your old pairs ‘just in case’ and use our trusty Clens service if you need the lenses replaced!