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Plastic Free July

Plastic free July is a global movement to encourage people to be a part of the solution to plastic pollution and help create a cleaner environment for us to live in.

The idea of plastic free July is to reduce single-use plastic waste everyday at home, at work, in school and local businesses. These steps can be as simple as using a reusable coffee cup, buying loose vegetables, and using re-usable shopping bags and re-usable straws. There are so many re-usable alternatives available that can help to reduce the amount of plastic waste that is produced daily around the world.

Sadly, many plastic items can be found littering our environment, on the streets, on parks and beaches and in the ocean. This littered waste not only looks unsightly but is also costing us our wildlife. Animals are getting caught up in waste such as fishing nets and plastic pack rings or eating plastic they find in their environment.

Whilst there are many ways you can help reduce waste at home and live more sustainable, you can now choose to do so with your eye wear.

Across our practices we have a range of sustainable eye wear, with Stocksbridge holding the largest selection. These brands have chosen to create their eye wear either with natural materials such as wood, slate, or bio acetate, and by reusing plastic waste found in the ocean.


Eco Eyewear can be found in all our practices, they are a fantastic range of frames in a variety of styles and colours and come with their own polarised sun clips. Their frames are created using a combination of bio-based material made from castor seeds and recycled metal, the packaging is made using recycled material and for every frame purchased Eco plants a tree. These frames are not only environmentally friend in the way that they are created but also give back to the environment!


Sea2see make their frames from plastic waste found in the ocean. They collaborate with fishing communities in Spain and Ghana who collect discarded fishing nets, bottles, ropes and lines found in the ocean. The waste is separated and recycled into usable raw materials that creates new plastic, used to make spectacle frames.

David Green

Each pair of David green glasses contains a unique element of nature incorporated within it such as a fallen leaf, wood, or mother of pearl set with the natural cotton-based acetate. Not only do these frames contain a little piece of nature, but they are also biodegradable and created using recycled water. From inception to final piece, David Green eye wear is created with the environment at its core.


Einstoffen eye wear is created in Switzerland is made from natural materials such as wood, stone, or acetate. Each model is as unique as the piece of wood or stone it was made from. Einstoffen create their frames with their customers in mind, knowing that they are environmentally conscious but also like to enjoy what life has to offer.

Our plastic free mission does not end with sustainable eye wear. All our practices are drop off locations for contact lens waste, which is then sent to Terracycle to be recycled. It is surprising how much plastic waste can be generated from tiny contact lenses, since the start of the scheme Terracycle have collected over 3 million pieces of contact lens waste from over 1000 participating locations.

Here are MKO’s top tips for participating in plastic free July.

  • Use a re usable coffee cup where you can

  • Buy unpackaged food such as vegetables, baked goods and meat

  • Take a re usable shopping bag with you when you go out instead of purchasing one

  • Use metal or silicone straws rather than plastic ones, some of these are compact so you can take them out with you

  • Buy sustainable eye wear made from natural or recycled materials

  • Recycle your contact lens waste including the blister packets and foil lid

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