Environmental impact of three replacement modalities of soft contact lens wear

Morgan, Sarah L., Morgan, Philip B., & Efron, Nathan (2003) Environmental impact of three replacement modalities of soft contact lens wear. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 26(1), pp. 43-46.

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Abstract

Purpose: To illustrate the environmental impact of three contact lens replacement modalities, and to place this into a broader environmental context. Methods: Environmental impact was calculated by sorting the packaging used in the supply of three representative contact lens systems into their constituent materials (liquid, plastic, paper, metal and glass), determining their mass, calculating the annualised consumption by a typical contact lens wearer, and factoring the data against published indices of the environmental impact of the constituent materials. Results: Conventional lens wear had the highest impact and planned replacement lens wear (monthly disposable) had the lowest impact. Conclusions: The overall environmental impact of waste generated thorough the use of contact lens products by the end consumer is insignificant (0.5%) compared with the amount of waste generated in our everyday life.

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ID Code: 11017
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Contact lens, Environmental impact, Packaging, Wastage
DOI: 10.1016/S1367-0484(02)00087-5
ISSN: 1367-0484
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Elsevier
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:29

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