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Contact Lenses end up in our Food

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An American study found out that Americans flush 3 billion contact lenses down the drain every year and they end up in our food! Those millions of contact lenses turn into 6-10 metric tons of plastic lenses which have ended up in the country’s wastewater each year! Because of the way U.S. wastewater is treated, all of that plastic ends up becoming microplastic pollution which builds up and ends up making its way into our food chain.

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Some 45 million Americans wear contact lenses. Of them, 15 million wear daily disposables -- soft plastic discs that are worn once and thrown away. The materials that contact lenses are made of get weakened when mixed with water, and they BREAK down into small particles. The particles are SO small that they don’t filter like larger plastics… For more information on how to recycle your contact lenses, go to: https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/bauschrecycles
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Do you properly dispose of your contact lenses?
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Twenty five years of wearing contacts, and it has never occurred to me to flush them. I didn't know it was a thing.
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Can we think of a smaller plastic thing that is causing all the pollution problems? Really, straws and contact lenses. How about plastic Everything? How about layers upon layers of unnecessary packaging that gets thrown away immediately, along with the plastic shopping bag?
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Ok so Ive been wearing monthly lenses for over 2 years now and never have I flushed them or put them down the drain! I never knew it was a thing!! What’s so hard about throwing them into the bin? I don’t flush other rubbish so why contact lenses?
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I have seen the horrible pictures about pollution but what really shocks me about this clip is the fact that people throw their contacts into the toilet. It would have never occurred to me. That’s like throwing a tooth brush, razor blades or q-tips in the toilet. So many times we blame industry for using non-ecofriendly blisters but any product is only so ecofriendly as its consumer. When have we become so uneducated?
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Of the 1.5 billion pounds of trash that ends up in our oceans, we’re focused on 44,000 pounds of contacts? That said, in 30 years of wear, I’ve never even thought to flush mine.
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Another reason why I am vegan. So much ocean life is now considered toxic from microplastics and mercury... Can't be healthy for us to consume. And if your worried about making the oceans and water ways toxic, you'll be surprised that the livestock industry is the leading cause for ocean dead zones. By going vegan you can know you help protect the oceans.
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I have a better idea. Insurance doesn't cover some eye surgeries that would remove the need for contacts or glasses. That's the problem. Recycling only does so much. I'm sick of the bulk of plastic issues being put on consumers when there are other solutions that are better for consumers and the environment . It's a $ scam. Like all diseases , go to the source, not the symptoms.
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People, its plastic. Take a plastic coffee, creamer or some other kind of container put under bathroom sink w/lid to dispose of contact lens and other small plastic for recycling.
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I won't buy glasses... recycling/treatment stations has to do their job... that's why we pay for them!!
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