EYE FOR EARTHᵀᴹ

Singapore’s first Contact Lens Recycling Initiative

Capitol Optical™ Contact Lens Recycle Program

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1 out of 10 Singaporean

is wearing contact lens, and it is expected to grow rapidly by 28% ⁽¹⁾⁽²⁾.

Due to high myopia development in children in Singapore, soft contact lens is one of the Myopia Treatment Option that Singaporean parents chose for the children, which is contributing more and more in the contact lens waste.⁽³⁾

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908,600 tonnes

is how much plastic waste was disposed in Singapore each year, and contact lens and its packaging are contributing to it. ⁽⁴⁾

As medical devices, contact lenses are specifically designed to withstand harsh environments, and therefore they don't biodegrade easily⁽⁵⁾. 97% of plastic contact lenses and packaging was either thrown in the bin or flushed down the toilet instead of being recycled⁽⁶⁾.

Disposable contact lenses present a potential physical threat to aquatic and terrestrial environments and may contribute to micro-plastic pollution⁽⁷⁾.

The amount of contact lens waste generated in Singapore per month is estimate to be heavier than 34 Great White Shark!!!⁽⁸⁾

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Be the solution with us, not the pollution to the Earth

Do it for the environment

Do your part for the environment by recycling contact lens packaging.

Standard recycling doesnʼt work

Contact lens packaging that is not disposed of properly may end up in the environment, break down into micro-plastics and enter our ecosystem and food supply.

Is Contact Lens and Packaging recyclable?

Contact Lens is classified as Class II and Class III Medical Devices since 1976⁽⁹⁾ which its suitable packaging were sterilised to hygiene and biocompatible⁽¹⁰⁾. While it is forbidden to recycle contact lenses returned from the market for any reason, its packaging is made from sanitised Aluminium and Polypropylene which are in an excellent condition to recycle.

MaterialMaterial uses 
What can it be recycled into?
AluminiumContact lens lids, cans, foil lids, wrappers kitchen foil, Smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc..Bike parts, car parts, steel beams, rebar, appliances, cans, etc.. (7)

PolypropyleneContact lenses blister packaging, contact lens cases, medicine bottles, straws, ketchup bottles, bottle caps, packing tape, furniture, luggage, toys, bumpers
Bins, rakes, bicycle racks, ice scrapers, brushes, brooms, signal lights, etc.. (8)



Material uses

Contact lens lids, cans, foil lids, wrappers kitchen foil, Smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc..

Contact lenses blister packaging, contact lens cases, medicine bottles, straws, ketchup bottles, bottle caps, packing tape, furniture, luggage, toys, bumpers

What can it be recycled into?

Bike parts, car parts, steel beams, rebar, appliances, cans, etc... ⁽¹¹⁾


Bins, rakes, bicycle racks, ice scrapers, brushes, brooms, signal lights, etc... ⁽¹²⁾





How it works?

Collect this bag from us at any Capitol Optical Boutique. One bag can contains up to 60 pcs blisters and 60pcs foil lids.

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Step 1: Return

Fill the bag you received with your used blisters and foils. Note: Blisters & Foils have to be separated for clean recycling.

Step 2: Recycle

Drop your bag at any Capitol Optical Boutique or any of our participating Partners’ Collection Point.

Step 3: Reward

Hop on to MyCAPITOL Rewards to review your voucher saved in your member account.

What are you getting for recycling?

Not only you’re receiving one voucher each bag, we are holding lucky draw every month. One bag equal to one entry. Recycle more and stand a chance to win in our monthly contest.

Where can you find the recycling bag?

We have a number of stores that will be happy to help you recycle our empty packaging. Check out our locations and find your nearest store to collect our beautiful recycling bag today.

What happens to the collected blisters & foils?

Your blisters and foils are delivered to our local recyclers.

In the recycling plant, they are melted into plastics that can be up-cycled and given a second life into different assets such as...

... this bag here! Or bins, rakes, bicycle racks, ice scrapers, brushes, brooms, signal lights and more.

You make the difference, you make our world

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Capitol Optical cares for eye health and environment. We make the world we live in. We strive to deliver an extraordinary experience while creating greater value for society and the environment. Therefore, we’re pleased to announce our partnership with National Environment Agency®, Sembcorp® and CHP Law Llc® with the Eye For Earth Recycling Programme.

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