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12:00 AM 29th June 2024

Save Your Sunglasses, Save The Earth — Eyewear Care From Plastic Waste Experts

Image by Herbert from Pixabay
Image by Herbert from Pixabay
Every summer, sunglasses are a must-have for holidays, day trips, and outdoor fun. Yet, research has found sunglasses are the number one item lost outside the home, leading to inconvenient, unsustainable, and wasteful replacements.

Waterhaul founder and CEO, Harry Dennis says:
"Breaking or losing your sunglasses when out and about directly contributes to plastic waste," "When finding a new pair of sunglasses, I tend to look for long-lasting, sustainable, and stylish designs that will last for more than one summer. After-care is crucial for extending the lifespan of your glasses and preventing them from becoming yet another piece of plastic in our oceans."

With a few simple care tips, you can keep your sunglasses longer, reducing plastic waste and saving money.

Waterhaul is providing this advice as part of its ongoing mission to reduce non-recyclable plastic waste from harming our oceans. The team of marine conservationists transforms ocean waste like ‘ghost gear’ into useful, sustainable resources such as sunglasses, providing an environmentally conscious alternative to disposable sunglasses — in fact, 350,000 sunglasses are sold per year on just eBay alone.

To help, Harry Dennis, Waterhaul founder and CEO, shares ten simple eyewear dos and don’ts for looking after your sunglasses this summer, extending their lifespan and preventing them from becoming yet more plastic waste.

The dos and don’t of looking after your sunglasses

The dos:

Do keep your glasses in a case when you’re not wearing them: Storing your sunglasses in a case will prevent scratches, drops, and crushes. It’s a simple but effective way of extending their lifespan and reducing the need to buy replacements.

Do choose high-quality recycled sunglasses over disposable sunglasses: Investing in high-quality recycled sunglasses not only offers better quality products that are less susceptible to breaking but recycled frames can be easily recycled and replaced again with much less environmental impact.

Do choose sunglasses that suit your face shape and don’t fall off: Wearing properly fitting sunglasses, in a style that suits your face shape, will make them less likely to fall off and become lost or damaged, reducing the frequency of replacements.

Do clean your glasses regularly: Cleaning maintains the clarity and condition of your lenses, ensuring they last longer. Start by rinsing your glasses under lukewarm soapy tap water (or use lens spray if you’re on-the-go) to remove dust and prevent scratching. Clean both sides of the lenses including the nose pads and temple tips, rinse thoroughly, then dry with a clean microfiber cloth. This is especially important when going to the beach to remove sand and salt from seawater, which is harsh and abrasive.

Do use both hands when putting on or removing sunglasses: Using both hands prevents misalignment and bending of the frames which can make your sunglasses loose.

The don’ts:

Don’t hang your glasses from your t-shirt: Hanging sunglasses from your t-shirt can lead to accidental drops and damage. Instead, using a recycled sunglasses strap means you can safely take off your glasses when hiking, exploring, or relaxing.

Don’t be lazy about sunglasses repairs: Neglecting small repairs can lead to further damage and the need for replacements. Plus, missing or broken parts can easily become plastic waste, contributing to environmental pollution. Always be prompt with repairs, such as tightening the screws, to extend the life of your sunglasses.

Don’t clean your lenses with your clothing: It’s tempting to give your sunglasses a quick wipe over with your t-shirt, tissue, or towel but the fibres can scratch your lenses. Instead, keep a clean microfiber cloth in your glasses case for cleaning while you’re out and about.

Don’t put your sunglasses in your pocket: Get in the habit of putting your sunglasses back in their case instead of in your pocket. Accidentally sitting on your shades is a leading cause of damage, research shows that in the US someone loses, sits on, or breaks a pair of sunglasses every 14 minutes, a trend that’s likely to be a global faux pas!

Don’t place your sunglasses lens down: Placing your sunglasses lens down can cause scratches and damage. Always set them down with the lenses facing up or store them in a case to keep them in top condition. For extra protection, opt for glass lenses over plastic, as glass is more resistant to scratches.

Follow these tips to keep your shades looking sharp this summer and ensure you keep hold of your sunglasses throughout your travels.

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