Research commissioned by Johnson & Johnson found that a fifth of contact lens wearers flush their used lenses in the toilet or down the sink. These little, almost invisible pieces of plastic then will end up in the waterways and be swallowed by wildlife, adding to the mountain of discarded plastic already in our environment.
In an effort to reduce the impact on the environment of plastic waste from contact lenses, Acuvue by Johnson & Johnson have launched the first scheme of its kind in the UK to recycle contact lenses.
Boots and a selection of independent opticians will take all brands of contact lenses, the plastic bubble packs and foils for recycling after use. Recycling company Terracycle will be able to transform used contact lenses into new products.
You can also post your used contact lenses using their free post shipping label to Acuvue or find one of their drop-off points.