Caring For The Environment
We only have one planet, so at Rawlings we try to avoid unnecessary waste and recycle as much as possible. It is also important to us that the products we source are eco-friendly too.
You will see in our branches big blue bottles on the wall, these are filled with a cleaning solution so we can refill (for free!) the Rawlings GlasKlar sprays that you can purchase. This reduces the plastic waste of the bottles and is much more cost effective for you!
Did you know that at Rawlings we can take in contact lenses and blister packs for recycling? If you wear daily contact lenses every day for a year, that adds up to 730 lenses and blister packs ending up in landfill.
Acuvue contact lenses have created a recycling programme in partnership with TerraCycle to recycle this waste for all soft contact lenses foils/blister packs/soft lenses from any supplier. These are recycled to make products like garden furniture and speed bumps! Plus each parcel we send off creates 'TerraCycle points', which in turn raises money for schools and charities. Rigid (gas permeable) lenses cannot be recycled yet, nor can solutions or eye drop bottles or contact lens storage cases, but we hope this will follow soon.
We have supported Vision Aid Overseas for many years, with some of our Optometrists volunteering abroad with them numerous times. Our branches are also drop off points for old, unwanted, even broken spectacles. Historically these spectacles were cleaned up and reused. In 2010, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) recommended that sending second-hand glasses overseas was not the best way to establish sustainable eye care in developing countries. Instead, the precious metal content and any retro or vintage glasses are sold online. Plastic glasses are recycled too. All the income generated enables VAO to deliver sustainable eye care services across Africa. This includes; establishing vision centres, providing eye tests and new glasses to all patients regardless of their circumstance. They train local eye workers so that they can continue providing the care. They also take their eye care services to the poorest, remote and isolated communities. You can find out more information and donate here https://www.visionaidoverseas.org/donate/donate/credit-card