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Contact Lenses Canada: How Contact Lenses are more Ecological than Eyeglasses

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What are contact lenses?

 

Contact lenses, or ‘contacts’, are thin lenses that you place directly over your eyes to assist with any eyesight problems you may have. Think of them as your own personal visual assistant. They help you see – but nobody can see them! 

 

They are a popular alternative to eyeglasses in that no-one knows that you’re wearing them, and you can forget about them during the day once you’ve popped them on. 

 

Contact lenses aren’t just all about eyesight though! You can also have lots of fun with them. 

 

Fancy seeing what you’d look like with brown eyes for a day? 

 

Colored contact lenses have you sorted! 

 

There are also more wacky choices like cat eyes, glow in the dark etc., but today we’re focusing on seeing rather than scaring! (Now that explains all those crazy eyes you see at Halloween!) 

What are eyeglasses?

 

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Eyeglasses on the other hand are the traditional form of eyewear that we’re all more familiar with. 

 

Much like sunglasses shield the sun when you wear them, eyeglasses assist with your sight.

 

People can find eyeglasses burdensome because they can be uncomfortable or make you feel self-conscious. 

 

We all know the pain of going shopping for glasses and being unable to find a pair that suit your face! 

 

It can also be difficult to get active with them and they pose a particular problem in these summer months when you have to choose between them and your sunglasses. 

 

They also can’t change the color of your eyes either. How boring! 

 

For all of those reasons, most people now choose to wear contact lenses instead. 

What is ‘being ecological’ and why is it important?

 

There has been a lot of talk and discussion about the environment over the last few years and the impact that us humans have by merely being on this planet. 

 

Being ecological means considering the effect you’re having on the planet through your everyday life. We all need to have a look at this and think about our impact. 

 

Look at the products you use on a day-to-day basis. 

 

Are there any products you could use instead that are more ecologically friendly? 

 

Sometimes it’s hard to even know what option is best for the environment, so we’ve decided to hit you with some facts on what the most eco-friendly eyewear option is for you! 

Are contact lenses more ecologically friendly than eyeglasses?

 

That’s a good question – and we have some good news for you. 

 

You don’t need to ditch your contact lenses to be more ecologically friendly. 

 

Research has shown that a YEAR’S worth of disposable contact lenses equates to 9.125 grams of plastic. How much is that? It’s less plastic than two credit cards

 

In fact, when you consider how many pairs of contact lenses it would take to equal just ONE pair of eyeglasses, it could be between 10,000 – 50,000 contact lenses. Now that’s a lot! 

 

The manufacture of eyeglasses uses up non-renewable oil resources, so we’ll stick to the contact lenses. 

 

As the world grows more focused on the environment, there are people busy at work exploring how contact lenses can be recycled and this has already taken off in the U.K. where they have set up their first free national recycling scheme for contact lenses. 

 

We’re excited to follow this development and can’t wait to see a similar scheme rolled out here for contact lenses in Canada. 

 

What’s more, every pair of contact lenses we sell come in recyclable containers and as you’ll see below, manufacturers are doing their bit to make those containers more planet friendly and ecologically friendly too.  

 

So now that we know what contact lenses are and how they are more ecologically friendly than eyeglasses, let’s delve into some of our favourites! 

 

Contact Lenses Brands: Our Top Picks

 

 

alcon contact lenses

 

 

Alcon Brands

 

 

Alcon is a global eyecare company who are leaders of innovation in the eyecare world! 

 

We have a number of their contact lens creations on our website so there is something there to suit everyone’s contact lens needs. 

 

Some of their top contact lens creations are the Dailies Aquacomfort Plus, Dailies Total 1 and Air Optix Aqua. Lots of colors available too! 

 

 

Acuvue

 

 

We’re sure you’ve heard of Acuvue already but if not, let us introduce them! 

 

They are THE number one contact lens brand name worldwide and are manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, the largest maker of contact lenses. 

 

We have over 30 options from their range including Acuvue Moist and Acuvue Vita.

 

 

Bausch & Lomb

 

 

Bausch & Lomb is one of the world’s largest suppliers of contact lenses and they are based right here in Canada. 

 

They are leading the way in creating greener products and were the first contact lens manufacturer to create environmentally friendly biodegradable packaging. 

 

We currently stock their B&L Ultra Lenses and Biotrue. 

 

Their products are inspired by the biology of your eye meaning maximum care and comfort all day long. 

Best Contact Lens Ordering Site: Contacts For Less

 

If you’re looking for contact lenses in Canada, then look no further. 

 

We believe we’re the best contact lens ordering site for a couple of reasons. 

 

First, we believe in PROFIT with a PURPOSE, and that’s why we support many non-profits by donating 51% (you read that right!) of our profits to worthy causes. 

 

How does it work? 

 

Simply choose a product online, head to the checkout, and you’ll be asked which non-profit you would like us to donate to. It’s that simple. 

 

Giving back has always been at the core of what we do, and you help us make that happen with every purchase. 

 

Secondly, we’re your best bet for contact lenses online because of our extensive collection of the best brands in the business. 

 

We’ve highlighted some of our favorites above but fear not, there are SO many others on our website. 

 

No matter what lens you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. 

 

Check out our range today!

 

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Greenwashing 

what is greenwashing?

How Certain Corporations Love it & How ContactsForLess.ca Avoids it!  

What is Greenwashing?

 

Have you ever heard of climate change? We bet you have!  The longer us humans live on this earth, the more damage we are doing to the environment. 

 

Companies and corporations cause a lot of this damage, so they have a huge part to play in minimising their environmental impact on the earth.  People are now searching for companies with a purpose; companies who respect the environment. 

 

This has led to a rising number of sustainable brands and environmentally conscious companies which is great!  BUT – it has also led to the worrying trend of greenwashing. Many not-so-green and not-so-caring companies and corporations are trying to jump on the eco-bandwagon with false claims of how they are looking out for the planet, when in reality they are only looking out for themselves.

 

How so?

 

Introducing greenwashing!

 

 

greenwashing how to avoid it

 

 

Greenwashing is a sinister marketing trick that some companies use to fit in with the current trend of consumers leaning towards companies with a purpose and companies who care about the environment.

  

Even though not all companies are environmentally friendly, it seems ALL companies want their customers to think that they are, when in reality they couldn’t give two hoots. The only green they’re focused on is of the dollar variety! 

 

Greenwashing is a marketing strategy to make you think ‘oh, well look at these changes they’ve made to become more environmentally friendly’ when in reality, those changes are not helping the environment in any meaningful way. These companies are solely focused on profit – but we wonder do they realise that without a planet, no profit can be made?

 

That seems pretty obvious to us! Maybe someone should tell them?

 

How do Companies Greenwash?

 

 

So how do these companies engage in greenwashing? 

 

Are you now wondering if you’ve been tricked in the past by this slick marketing ploy? Let’s delve a little deeper. 

 

Think about the bottled water industry. Bottled water is one of the biggest pollutants to the environment. Some bottled water brands are now advertising their bottles as ‘made from x% recycled plastics’ as if this is something that we should rejoice about. The bottom line is that they are still mass-producing plastic – and whether it’s made from recycled plastic or not, that bottle of water that’s used for less than a day will last a lifetime and will ultimately end up in our oceans, landfills or illegally burnt. Who knows! 

 

A large part of the greenwashing strategy is ignoring the available eco-friendly alternatives and choosing cheaper, environment-damaging options instead. Why? To save money.  

 

Continuing with the bottled water example, if those companies really cared, they would package their water in cardboard bottles as many truly green companies have done, alongside maybe going a step further and offering to plant trees to offset carbon emissions! 

 

Cardboard is a much more environmentally friendly option but is overlooked by these companies. Doesn’t seem like they really care, does it?

 

How to avoid Greenwashing/how to identify greenwashing

 

 

So now that we know WHAT greenwashing is, HOW do we go about identifying it and avoiding it? 

 

Well, best practice is to not automatically trust a company’s marketing message! After all, they are trying to sell you stuff at the end of the day.  They will of course hide some of the ugly truths behind a glossy, greenwashed veneer. 

 

Think of fast fashion. If a certain fast fashion retailer is trying to convince you that they have an eco-conscious line – will you believe them straight out? Or will you ask yourself why their WHOLE range isn’t eco-conscious – and whether it is even possible to mass produce eco-conscious clothing?! 

 

We’re sure you have arrived at the right answer after thinking about those questions a little! 

 

Cultivate curiosity, question brands, and do a quick google search on products you’re interested in e.g. ‘how to clothes shop sustainably’ or ‘eco-friendly bottled water brands’ and you will leave the world of greenwashing and enter a world of endless eco-possibilities. It’s a lovely world to be in! 

 

What Large Companies have been Accused of Greenwashing?

 

 

Oh dear! Where do we start?

 

Here are a few companies whose products have been analysed to see if they are engaging in greenwashing. The results? 

 

Turns out their green fingers may be green from dollar bills as opposed to green from their love of the environment!  Fast fashion is also under the eco-microscope with fashion chains’ claims of cheap, mass-produced sustainable clothing lines! And some very wealthy coffee chains are refusing to switch to compostable cups, instead introducing EVEN MORE plastic into the world whilst celebrating the fact that they’ve ditched straws! The mind boggles – and mother nature worries! 

 

How ContactsForLess.ca are Genuinely Green! 

 

At ContactsForLess.ca, we genuinely care about the planet. It is centred around everything we do. 

 

So much so, that we donate 51% or more (you read that right!) of our net profits to help save the planet!  Actions speak louder than words (and greenwashing!) and we’re proud to be a top-rated, Canadian brand who are doing our bit to protect the planet and the people who live here (i.e. all of us!). Our mission is really quite simple. 

 

When you buy from us, you are buying from a local, trusted, Canadian company with a purpose. 

 

You are helping us to donate to planet-helping causes. Instead of purchasing your contact lenses from a large corporation or from a store abroad (where the purchase of the lenses WON’T lead to a donation, and the shipping of the lenses WILL lead to an increased carbon footprint), you are investing in Canada and in our planet. Buying online, supporting local, and enabling donations to important non-profits, has never been easier. 

 

Simply browse the variety of brands we have on offer and when you’re checking out, choose the non-profit you would like us to donate to. We’ll do the rest! 

 

Your dollars matter – make them work to support local business and to help the environment! You can learn more  here about supporting local Canadian made brands with Local Boom.

 

But before you leave, first check out our awesome range of genuinely green contact lenses here!

 

 

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Recycling in Canada is a failure

Canada’s Recycling Is Actually Polluting Our Planet

Canada’s recycling system is an unsustainable disaster overall, one that no one wants to talk about or even fix. That is except British Columbia.

You may be asking yourself, why is an online contact lens company in Canada talking about recycling and saving the planet? Simple: We dedicate ourselves to saving the planet with 51% of our net profits and we also feel as strongly about Canada not lying to itself or acting in dangerous or unsustainable ways. Please read below about how your recycling is probably not being recycling properly or at all in some cases:

You feel good about recycling, but here in Canada, think again…

Of course you feel good recycling. It is a very important act that we ALL must take part in every single day. Sadly, the reality is that your recycling is still polluting the environment in ways that will shock you! How can that be? It has been discovered that Canada has been dumping its recycling onto China (until 2018 when China finally said “Enough!”). When China decided it would no longer take Canada’s recycling (and some of its trash), other Asian nations have been stepping up to fill the void.

However, we are now learning that China (and other nations) don’t actually recycle our materials much at all. No! Instead they take the metals and other re-usable materials and then burn the rest. As we already know – burning trash and/or burning recycling is one of the worst things you do in terms of releasing pollutants into the atmosphere. You see, what once could be sold for profit (e.g. bounded plastics) now costs money to haul away, and the notion that Canadians are saving the planet by putting things in a blue bin is proving to be a delusion and a lie. That is except B.C., which is leading the way towards a truly more intelligent and honest system (more on this later in the article). The rest of Canada is living a lie and a destructive one at that. Moreover, politicians from P.E.I. to Alberta seem to be unable or unwilling to address it.

As the Global News 3-part series points out:

In a months-long investigation, Global News spoke with dozens of communities, companies and industry leaders across the country about the mounting challenges faced by Canada’s recycling industry. The result is dire: with few exceptions, more recycling is being sent to landfill, fewer items are being accepted in the blue bin and the financial toll of running these programs has become a burden for some municipalities.”

How can this be? Why is it that we can no longer trust our so-called “recycling programs”? Here are the key reasons:

  1. Canada has treated China and the Asian nations as a “drug” that has traditionally taken care of junk for us.
  2. Once commodity prices dropped, the “drug” wore off and Canada is left with an abysmal recycling system.
  3. What is much worse – Canada does not seem to be treating recycling as a “utility” like they do electricity or water use.

So why don’t we simply recycle our OWN plastics, paper and other materials? The actual reason for that simple. As stated above, Canada simply refuses to treat recycling as a utility, and instead allows the “market” to handle the problem. Here is the reality however, the market cannot handle the problem alone, just as the market is inappropriate in dealing with water and power/electricity. That is why we have public utilities. Modern society decided long ago that it was untenable and unsustainable to use the “market” for things such as key public matters. One cannot utilize a private market for distributing water, sewer services or power. So why then do we NOT treat recycling in this way?

The answer is more simple than you might think. Canada’s leaders are lying to the public about this matter and are very reticent to tackle this issue in any meaningful way. Costs in order to fully tackle this issue are astronomical, so when you say that you think Canada is a good, pro-environmental nation – THINK AGAIN! The fact is, we are only a net carbon absorbing nation due to our massive forests, but in reality, our urban centres are guilty of mass pollution and destruction to the environment as with most other mass urban locales. The ecological footprint of Canadian cities is little better than some of the worst offending cities and nations – except British Columbia and the Vancouver-metro region (see below).

*Image courtesy of Global News

British Columbia does what no other area of Canada will do

As stated above, B.C. however is moving in a better, more honest direction. Is this because B.C. is a far more environmentally conscious province? Is this because residents of B.C. won’t tolerate living a lie about recycling? We are of the opinion that both are true. What is even more interesting is that B.C. has taken a market-influenced approach that uses funds from those who MAKE products made with recyclables and plugs those funds into a larger “utility” that enables a truly smart approach to recycling.

According to Global News:

Anyone in B.C. who makes a product, sells a product or imports a product that’s collected in a blue bin has to pay to recycle its packaging. The province is the only jurisdiction in North America that is both funding and managing its entire recycling system — instead of leaving that responsibility to municipalities and their taxpayers.

The model is called “extended producer responsibility,” or EPR, and it’s regulated under a provincial law that came into force in B.C. in 2014.

The 3-part article goes on to say:

In this new recycling ecosystem, nearly 1,300 companies — including Apple Canada, Boston Pizza, Procter & Gamble and Loblaw — have come together to form a non-profit organization called Recycle BC, which carries out residential recycling in the province.

And the success is evident.

At 69 per cent, B.C.’s recycling rate is the highest recorded in the country. Recycle BC is accepting more items in its blue bins while other municipalities in Canada are cutting down, and it has dedicated plants that take products like shopping bags and berry and pastry containers, which recyclers in other parts of the country have stopped accepting or are paying to get rid of.

So, if you live in British Columbia, you can rest assured that your province is on the way to a more sustainable reality. If you live anywhere else in Canada, know that your province is not, and most likely is living a lie right before your very eyes.

What can you do about it? Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Contact your local politician and complain LOUDLY.
  2. Write to your local newspaper or TV station and demand they address this issue often and loudly.
  3. Talk to your community and perhaps start an activist group that will put pressure on your local politicians to get with recycling in a serious and sustainable way.
  4. Lastly, vote GREEN. Ask any candidate for office what they plan to do about this. If they don’t have an answer, don’t do the polite Canadian thing by simply shaking your head. Instead, call them OUT, loudly and forcefully. If enough of us call a lie a lie, then perhaps the liars will have to clean up their act, or relinquish their position of power to someone who will actually give a damn!

Thank you for reading this important blog post and please SHARE THIS POST on social media. We need to tell all of Canada about this mess we have created so that maybe we can start fixing it before more damage is done

This blog article has been based on 3-part series by Global News (see part 1 at https://globalnews.ca/news/5199883/canada-recycling-programs/)