B + L Reports More Than 58 Million Units of CL Materials Collected Through Recycling Programs
Bausch + Lomb announced its unique ONE by ONE and Biotrue Eye Care Recycling programs have collected a total of 58,677,480 million units, or 356,723 pounds, of used contact lens, eye care and lens care materials, which is equivalent to the weight of 108 midsize vehicles. The first-of-its-kind programs are made possible through a collaboration with TerraCycle®, a world leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste.
“Prior to the launch of Bausch + Lomb’s recycling programs, contact lens wearers, eye doctors and consumers did not have a dedicated way to properly recycle contact lens, eye care and lens care materials in the United States,” said Amy Butler, vice president, Global Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability, Bausch + Lomb. “The ONE by ONE and Biotrue Eye Care recycling programs are providing a solution to this concern and together are making significant strides in ensuring more and more of these non-biodegradable materials do not end up in our environment and instead become a variety of post-consumer products.”
“The Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE and Biotrue Eye Care recycling programs are two prominent programs my practice uses daily to help ensure we are being as sustainable as possible,” said Gina Wesley, O.D., Complete Eye Care, Medina, Minn. “My patients are also pleased to hear about these programs during their appointments so they, too, can help minimize the waste these materials generate.”
The ONE by ONE Recycling program has collected more than 58 million used contact lenses, blister packs and top foils since the program’s launch in November 2016. The Biotrue Eye Care Recycling program, which launched in April 2021, has collected more than 320,000 eye drop single dose units, lens cases, lens solution caps and Biotrue Hydration Boost Lubricant Eye drops multi-dose bottles.
Bausch + Lomb has a similar contact lens recycling program in Canada called Every Contact Counts. visit www.BauschRecycles.com.
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