When I was a little girl in 5th grade, I had my first eye test.  I failed it – miserably.  My mom took me to get my first pair of glasses and I thought I was the coolest kid ever.  Back then, it was pretty rare for kids to wear glasses.

As I moved through middle school and into high school, more and more kids discovered that their eyesight was less than stellar.  But contact lenses were becoming more and more popular and I was so over my glasses by this time.  I have been wearing them now for almost 30 years.

Now that my eyes have “matured” I have to wear a pair of reading glasses if I want to watch TV, read a book or work on the computer.  It seems like a bit of a waste wearing both contacts and glasses simultaneously so I’ve decided to go back to glasses for a while.

I decided over the weekend to look into eco-friendly eye wear and I was very pleasantly surprised at what I found.  The company that I’ve chosen to go with is a brand called Eco.  There were several frames that I really liked and they are made with 95% recycled materials.  I looked into the claim and it has been substantiated by the Underwriters Laboratories Environmental division.

But Eco is more than just a company that creates stylish eyewear with recycled materials.  They also belong to a program called Trees for the Future.  Their concept is one pair of glasses = one tree planted.   So far, they have participated in the planting of over 600,000 trees.  One Sight is another collaboration of theirs that has already provided free vision and eye care to more than 7 million people in need.

Even though the frames are popular with celebrities, such as Leo DiCaprio, they are affordable for those of us who don’t happen to make his kind of money.  To find a retailer near you, go to www.eco-optics.com and enter your zip code.

I’m really looking forward to ordering my new pair of glasses.  Of course, I’ll probably have them for 20 years, but that’s OK!

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