We all know how many eyeglasses are wasted and thrown away. In fact it is estimated that over 4 Million pairs of glasses are thrown away every year while more than 1 billion people globally cannot afford a pair of glasses. The best way to reuse eyeglasses is to donate them to Lions Club, Vosh or other charitable organizations.
Maybe you and or you patients love your glasses so much, or they are so wrecked, don’t throw them away. They can be reused in many ways and today in honoring Earth Day (April 22) we are featuring 20 up-cycled eyeglass necklaces. For more ideas on reusing eyeglasses and Lenses check out our Pinterest Board Reuse Eyeglasses or our previous Earth Month posts on eyeglass lenses, contact lens and eyeglass cases and even Lens Cleaner Bottles.
Here are are favorite Reclaimed Eyewear Made Into Necklaces.
1.) Any type of eyeglass or sunglass can be used with this combinations of ribbons, beads and old chain necklaces.
2.) This is not really an eyeglass, but you can cut out a pair of old glasses to make this up.
3.) Using vintage eyeglasses along with old jewelry, this makes a baroque and victorian necklace.
4.) More vintage eyewear, strung with a chain, some beads and pearls, fill in with old newspapers, card or an old book.
5.) More vintage inspiration
6.) A bolder look in black and white, string together with ribbon and any type of circle hooks.
7.) Another bold look that was on the runway in 2007.
8.) Large rounded looks like curtain hangers, intermixed with chains, for a fun and whimsical look.
9.) A delicate look, this does not look like reused glasses, but I like the simple concept of a thin chain, embellished by floral accents.
10.) You may have some old 3D glasses hanging around, pep them up in the same type of look
11.) Again, this does not look like a real pair of glasses, but the concept is the same. Fill in with a fun look in paper and change as your styles and fancies do.
12.) We did a post on reusing eyeglasses to make Photo Albums, you can wear your favorite photo or loved one with this look.
13.) Using beads of any color, take a small kids frame and hook it up.
14.) Bling it on ala French Fashion. Mottled with gemstones this look reminds me of the Roaring 20’s.
15.) Who says you only need one pair of glasses? Why not add an assortment of fun colors and make a collar?
16.) Does this classify as a necklace? Well, it’s at the neck so why not do the 70’s look and become a man-eater with this eyewear -turned brooch- tie look.
17.) Don’t like the above bolo tie look? Make a pin that can be used and worn for almost anything.
18.) Marc Jacobs was offering up this eyewear necklace, but hey make your own, add a couple of clips to the eyewear and you can put it on any necklace as an accessory.
19.) Who says you have to use just eyewear? Check out this eyewear temple necklace.
20.) This eyeglass necklaces uses both the eyeglasses and the temples.
21.) Megan McCaffery incorporates a modern look with both newish eyewear and an old cameo.
What do you think of these reuse ideas? Yea or Nay?