Repurposing old glasses: Creative ideas and sustainable solutions

Khuram Sarwar Khuram Sarwar
Monday, 01 April 2024
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If you recently had an eye test and your prescription has changed, you may be wondering what to do with your old glasses. Instead of getting rid of them, why not put them to good use? Here are a few things you can do with your old glasses and give them a second life.

Most people tend to purchase new glasses after receiving a new prescription. However, it's normal that you may not want to throw away your old glasses after spending money on them. Many of us hide them in drawers or the back of our wardrobes.

Whether you have a single pair or several, fortunately, more sustainable ways exist to repurpose your old glasses. We have compiled some useful tips to help you find a new home for them.

1. Donate your old glasses to a charity

We understand that parting with something that has been a part of your life, like your old prescription glasses, can be difficult. However, donating them to a charity shop is a great way to give back to the community.

Please get in touch with your chosen charity shop if you are unsure whether they accept glasses as donations. You can either visit the shop and ask in person or give them a call right away. If they accept old prescription glasses, you can drop them off or courier them your frames.

An elderly man volunteering at a charity shop

2. Recycle your old glasses

Recycling your old glasses is a great way to help reduce waste and protect the environment. Most opticians are happy to recycle your glasses for you, regardless of the brand or type of glasses.

Additionally, there are certain organisations in and around your vicinity, that can also help you recycle your glasses easily.

Reduce, recycle and reuse

Please note that it is important to remove the lenses from the frames before recycling your glasses. When you reach the recycling centre, you can dispose of the lenses and frames in the appropriate recycling bins.

Finding the right recycling centre can be challenging, but fret not! Recyclenow can help you locate centres that accept spectacles. By recycling your glasses, you're not only helping the environment, but you're also making a positive impact on someone needing visual assistance.

Quick tip: If you want to contribute to the environment, go for sustainable glasses frames. When it's time to give them away, they can easily be recycled!

3. Upcycle your old glasses into accessories

Fun fact: You can also upcycle old glasses into fashionable accessories You can turn the lenses into beautiful pendants, brooches or even keyrings that remind you of their sentimental value, with beautiful chains tied to the ends of your glasses.

4. Put a new pair of glasses lenses

If you recently had an eye test and received an updated prescription, you most probably need a new pair of glasses. But what if your favourite frames remind you of good old memories, making it difficult for you to part with them?

Reglazing is the perfect solution—it's a simple process that involves replacing the lenses in your glasses frames. It's a great option for those with old or damaged glasses lenses and a more affordable option if you want to upgrade to a better-quality lens.

5. Thrift your old glasses

Selling your glasses online is a great idea. Designer prescription glasses are often in high demand and can fetch a good price. However, it's important to ensure they are in good condition before selling them online. Some popular sites include eBay, Vinted, and Depop.

To increase the chances of a successful sale:

  • Provide clear photos of your glasses
  • Be transparent about any scratches or imperfections they may have. Honesty is key when dealing with potential buyers
  • Be reasonable with the price

Suggestion: If you have an Instagram page, why not post a giveaway creative, showcasing your old designer glasses? You can also open a virtual thrift store, sell your old glasses, and earn a generous amount.

6. Use your old glasses for fancy dress events

It's a great idea to save your old glasses for cosplay events, especially if you're going for a character who wears glasses. Whether you're dressing up as Harry Potter or Wilma from Scooby Doo, you never know, when you would need those glasses you were planning to ditch once. So, keep them safe!

Man wearing Halloween costume with witch hat, glasses and black and orange balloon

Once you get a new prescription, old glasses need not be thrown away. Follow the above steps to give them a second life. If you repurpose your old glasses, share your creations with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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