Give your preloved frames a second life at OCULA

Posted 2 years ago


We may be perceived as clean and green by the rest of the world, but we have significant recycling problems in New Zealand. 

According to Recycle, approximately 252,000 tonnes of plastic waste is disposed of to NZ landfills each year (based on 8% of 3.156 million tonnes of waste to landfill). That's a whole lot of plastic...and at OCULA, we really want to make a difference to reduce this. 

The good news for you? You can now recycle your old glasses with us! We'll refurbish and pass them on to those who need them most.

It's an unfortunate reality, but we live in a world of plastic. Plastics are affordable, light, strong and highly pliable materials - their versatility has enabled the mass manufacturing of innovative and advanced products in all sectors of society. Their use in optometry has helped reduce infection risks and improve patient care. It's a lot of positives, but with it, some negatives. So, with Lions Clubs New Zealand, we're excited to launch our Recycle Program - specifically designed to minimise the amount of waste we generate.

Donation boxes can be found at all of our stores to drop off your unwanted glasses. If they're still in good condition, we'll order new lenses and donate them to Lions Clubs New Zealand. 

Lions Clubs throughout New Zealand have their Recycle For Sight programme, collecting unwanted spectacles. Frames collected are then sent to processing centres where they are sorted, checked for scratches and cracks, and screws tightened before being washed in an ultrasonic washer and dried. The prescriptions are recorded and the glasses are packed for delivery to Volunteer Ophthalmologist Services Overseas (VOSO) for distribution to those with poor eyesight in the Pacific Islands.

VOSO consists of teams of eye surgeons, optometrists and eyecare workers who visit the isolated communities and bring enhancement to the lives of hundreds of people annually. The project has provided over 80,000 pairs of glasses which would have a replacement value in excess of $15 million. And it's not only prescription wear - sunglasses are also a useable item for the Islands particularly after cataract operations. 

Our hope is that, with this simple gesture, we are not only able to help you, we are able to help communities in need, and give the planet a break while we are at it.

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