Another really interesting study which serves to remind of the importance of critically thinking through, what on the face of it might seem like a really good green iniative. This example relates to recycling of old spectacles by sending them out to countries where people may not have the luxury of an optician on every high street and designer glasses.
I guess the question that needs to be asked is ‘If it no longer works for me why should anyone else want it?’ Most people who wear specs will have a drawer which has several old pairs – just in case. So how should we recycle them? And what about that drawer of old chargers, computer cables and leads, from items which you can no longer remember what appliances they originated from! Yes, we need to acquire less ‘stuff’ in the first place but we also need to develop creative solutions to repurpose all the stuff we already have filling drawers.