You have the Lions Club box, but still there is a lot of waste thrown away from old lenses, broken eyeglasses and demo lenses. Even through plastic is recyclable, you don’t know if it is a #1,2,3,4,5,6 to know if your waste management will take it.
Believe it or not old frames and lenses can be repurposed into a variety of fun and unique products. As an example, check out these fantastic lighting options from master Art Recycler Stuart Haygarth–
Spectacle is created from over 1000 pairs of prescription spectacles which are linked together to resemble a traditional tiered chandelier. By using prescriptive spectacles which were once an essential tool for seeing an interesting analogy is drawn between their old and new purposes. A mirror ball light effect is produced as the light is refracted through the several layers of lenses. The chandelier comes in two sizes.
Materials : acrylic platform, plastic framed spectacles.
LARGE : 1.0 m diameter at top, 2.3 m length, 1020 pairs.
SMALL : 80cm diameter at top, 1.5m length, 620 pairs.
The Optical chandelier is created from over 4500 prescription spectacle lenses. The lenses are hung on monofilament line which hang from a platform. The lenses form a spherical shape which imitates a disco mirror ball but rather than the light being reflected the light is refracted through the many layers of glass lenses. A magical explosion of light is created. The light is illuminated by a clear 100w incandescent bulb.
Edition of 10 (5 large & 5 small)
Materials : Prescription spectacle lenses, monofilament line, sprayed MDF platform
LARGE clear lenses – 1.5m diameter ( hanging height approx. 2.0m )
SMALL clear lenses or tinted lenses – 1.0m diameter ( hanging height approx. 1.5m )