On August 21st, 2017, the moon will pass between the earth and the sun. This will cause a total solar eclipse, an amazing sight that takes place at any given point on the earth’s surface once every 375 years. Some places on Earth have to wait 36 centuries to see a total solar eclipse!
This total solar eclipse will be visible across wide swathes of North America. While you’ll be able to see the eclipse more clearly in some places than in others, anyone on the continent will be able to see at least a partial eclipse. In order to view this phenomenon safely, you’ll need special protective glasses. Fortunately, you can choose a pair that has a low environmental impact. Read on to learn how you can responsibly dispose of your eclipse glasses.
Why Do You Need Special Glasses for the Eclipse?
You might be wondering why you need special glasses to safely view the solar eclipse. “Aren’t my sunglasses good enough?” you ask. “Aren’t these special glasses just a cash grab?”
The answer to those two questions are a resounding “no.” Even though the sun is millions of miles away from the earth, its light is still quite strong. You wouldn’t stare at the sun even on a day where an eclipse wasn’t taking place – the light is too bright. During an eclipse, we’re tempted to look up at the sky for relatively long periods of time. However, that impulse leads to retinal damage.
In order to avoid this damage, you’ll need special glasses. Unfortunately, your regular sunglasses (even if they’re prescription strength or coated with the strongest protective layer on the market) won’t do the job. The protective glasses you’ve been reading about filter out approximately 100,000 times more of the sun’s radiation than sunglasses.
What Can You Do with Your Glasses After the Eclipse Ends?
You have a couple of options of what you can do with your protective glasses. The first option is to keep them for posterity (and just think, if another eclipse comes around in your lifetime, you’ll already have a pair of glasses to view it!). Another option is to toss them. Of course, that’s the less environmentally friendly option. Do you really want to add more trash to our planet’s already overflowing landfills?
Luckily, if you’ve got a pair of paper eclipse glasses, you don’t have to throw them out. You can recycle them. Many cities and towns across North America have paper recycling facilities, making it easy to give your glasses new life as something else.
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