Some historians say that we live in the age of electricity. But it would be equally accurate to say that we live in the age of plastic. Virtually everything from our cars to our homes to our mobile phones and yes, to our vision, is dependent on plastic today. But plastic has one gigantic downside that cannot be denied: many forms of plastic are not biodegradable. Because of this finding new uses for old plastic items like cases for contact lenses is crucial because just tossing them in the trash pretty much ensures they’ll just wind up part of the great Pacific garbage patch. Below, we’re going to look at some clever and innovative ways you can put your old contact lens case to practical use.
5 Uses for Old Contact Lens Cases
Eye doctors recommend you replace your contact lens case every 3 months. This is because even the most fastidiously maintained case will wind up playing host to bacteria when given enough time. Bacteria that is then transferred to your eyes where it causes infections. So replacing your old cases is important. But what to do with that old case once you’ve got your new case? Here are 5 clever ideas.
- Store small miscellaneous objects - Contact lens cases are the ideal receptacle for all sorts of small items that otherwise clang around in the bottom of your purse or the bottom of your pocket. Use the case to store subway tokens for instance or spare change for when you want to buy something at the convenience store. You can also use them to store small earrings or other pieces of jewellery. The latest generation of USB storage devices are redefining compact and they’ll fit quite nicely into an old contact lens case too.
- Use it to store mouthwash - Say you’re going out of town for the day on business. You don’t want to lug a lot of toiletries with you but you want to make sure you greet your clients with reasonably fresh breath. Fill your old contact lens case with mouthwash and you’ll be able to freshen up moments before the big meeting.
- Use it to store earplugs - If you travel a lot you know how noisy aeroplanes can get. From the roar of the jet engine to conversations all around to crying babies it can make it nearly impossible to get any sleep during the flight. Use your old contact lens case to store foam earplugs and be ready for any eventuality.
- Protect your carpet - Chairs can be brutal on carpeting. Whether you have wall to wall or a valuable Persian under the dining table you need to protect it from the ravages of chair legs. Use your old contact lens cases to create coasters that you attach to the bottom of your chair legs and keep your carpeting (or vinyl flooring for that matter) looking like new.
- Use it to carry lip balm - When the air is cold and dry it’s your lips that suffer first. But you can fend off the pain of dry, cracked lips by always carrying a bit of Vaseline in your old contact lens case. Keep it in your pocket and always have it handy on those brutally cold days.
Whatever you do don’t donate your old contact lens case to charity. It might seem like a noble idea but it’s not. After all, one of the reasons you’re changing to a new case is because the old one is hygienically compromised and you very rightly don’t want to subject your eyes to a bacterial bath. So if the case is not hygienic enough for you it’s not hygienic enough for someone else.