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How to Recycle Solar Eclipse Glasses

The waste and recycling industry is working hard to capture and recycle, reuse or repurpose those glasses.

In celebration of the solar eclipse yesterday, millions of Americans purchased and wore rectangular glasses made of paper, plastic or bamboo to protect their eyes from potential damaging effects. And now that the event is over, the waste and recycling industry and various organizations are working hard to capture and recycle, reuse or repurpose those glasses.

One of the organizations collecting eclipse glasses is Astronomers Without Borders, which plans to redistribute the glasses to schools in Asia and South America, where there will be solar eclipses in 2019. The organization will release a list of addresses soon so that people can start mailing in their glasses for redistribution purposes, ultimately keeping them out of landfill. 

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Plenty of people are rocking eyewear today with funky rectangular paper frames.

In peak demand for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse in North America, these specs are all about protecting the peepers. As you probably know, it’s not safe to look at the sun without appropriate eyewear. Regular dark sunglasses are not sufficient protection, according to vision safety information from NASA and the American Astronomical Society.

With the buzz about the exciting event darkening the daytime sky, eclipse glasses equipped with solar filters have sold out at retail stores and online vendors. Some variations are plastic. Others are bamboo. Lots feature relatively inexpensive paper frames.

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