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If you like the comfort and convenience of daily disposable contact lenses, but feel guilty about the plastic waste, there’s good news. The Gimme 5 program is supported by Preserve Products, and allows you to recycle #5 plastic, the material in which your contact lenses are stored. Your old cases for contact lenses will be recycled into useful products such as toothbrushes, razors, and a line of tableware.
Using a brand new pair of disposable contact lenses (known as dailies) means no cleaning or disinfecting, but the plastic waste adds up. Instead, make a choice to recycle contact lens cases. If you’ve never taken the time to look closely at the plastic case that your contact lenses come in, now’s your chance. Make sure that you see a number 5 within a set of chasing arrows, or the letters PP. This stands for polypropylene, and #5 is a plastic resin code commonly found on lots of other household containers, such as yogurt cups and medicine bottles. Start looking for this type of plastic and you’ll see it everywhere!
Rewards for Recycling
For participating Preserve Gimme 5 drop-off locations and complete instructions on preparing your plastic cases, click here. If there isn’t a Preserve Gimme 5 location near you, simply mail in your #5 plastics.
To make recycling convenient, Preserve Products teamed up with Recyclebank and also provides a mobile app to make recycling #5 plastic as easy as ever. By utilizing this tool, you’ll get rewards at local and national businesses, and for products from Preserve and their partners. So not only do you save tons of plastic from a landfill, you also get great discounts and deals. Photo right: Lee Haywood
The mix of products and services on Recyclebank is constantly changing and growing, and is targeted to your area. Use your points for national brands like Stonyfield, Kiss My Face and Green Mountain Coffee or get discounted museum passes- all because you are smart enough to know how to recycle something as seemingly unimportant as contact lens cases!
Feel Good About Recycling
By recycling your plastic through the Gimme 5 program, you will:
- Save plastic from being needlessly sent to landfills
- Keeping recycling local because it takes place here in the USA
- Help Preserve transform your recyclables into new products
- Earn Recyclebank Points to be redeemed for discounts and deals
For recycling information about other plastic items, be sure to read our posts about recycling pill containers and Brita filters, which are also recycled through the Gimme 5 program. Your conscientious actions add up, so thanks for recycling!