Donate, Recycle, Transform - Find out more about how we recycle donated second-hand glasses to provide access to sustainable and affordable eye care services across Africa.

We stopped sending donated second-hand glasses in 2010 when the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) recommended that sending second-hand glasses overseas was not the best way to establish sustainable eye care in developing countries.


Instead, we recycle the donated second-hand glasses for their precious metal content (gold frames) and any retro or vintage glasses are sold on our eBay shop or to specialist buyers. We also recycle plastic glasses. The income generated through the recycling process enables us to deliver sustainable eye care services in our partner countries. We do this by:

  • Establishing Vision Centres so that there are locally based eye care services to provide affordable eye tests and new glasses to all patients regardless of circumstance

  • Training local eye care workers so that there are skilled professionals in our partner countries to deliver quality eye care services at all times

  • Delivering eye care services to remote and isolated communities so that we can reach the poorest and most vulnerable people

Find out more how we work here.

Please note we do not accept donations of cases as we cannot recycle them. Please donate your glasses cases locally to a charity shop.