Approximately 75% of us use some form of vision correction. Many people wear glasses, either regularly or occasionally for things like reading. If you include sunglasses, the number may even reach 100%. Despite all of those glasses-wearers among us, few people know what can happen to an old pair once you are through with them.

We’ve learned that all kinds of glasses can be donated to a local partner who will distribute them to people in need throughout the world. And even better, this great partner will also recycle any pairs (like broken ones!) that can no longer be worn.

Why use Ridwell?

Old glasses could be sitting in a drawer somewhere not being used. They could be an old prescription, an old style, or even broken. All of these types can be donated through Ridwell where they will either be provided to people in need or recycled.

Our local partner has a finely-tuned process that makes sure any old glasses you might have will be handled the right way and used for good.

This category includes:

While what we take in this category varies by partner, here is what is generally included.




Broken glasses


Our partners

We work with local partners to bring new life to your stuff. From community reuse to grassroots recycling, we make sure it stays out of the landfill.

Every organization in our partner network is dedicated to reducing waste and making a meaningful contribution to our communities. Learn more about how we vet our partners and what partners we work with in your area on our blog.