What Can You Do with Your Solar Eclipse glasses?
Now that we've experienced the Totality of the Solar Eclipse, the question on everyone's mind is: What do we do with glasses? Here are a couple ideas.
Donate them. An organization called Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) is collecting and processing eclipse glasses to be sent to South American and Asian schools, where the next solar eclipse will take place on July 2, 2019. AWB says to hold onto your glasses now and details for how to donate will be announced soon. You can also check with local school officials and recreation programs, they may be interested in using eclipse glasses for upcoming astronomy activities and experiments.
You can also recycle them. Check out these tips from Earth911 to recycle your eclipse glasses safely.
And of course you can always hang onto your glasses and save them for the next eclipse in the U.S., which will stretch from Texas to northeastern states on April 8, 2024. But if your glasses are not compliant with NASA's standards, it may be too late: Some lenses expire after three years, so be sure to check expiration dates. Just store them gently in a box out of the way, where they are unlikely to be damaged, the next eclipse is only 7 years away. Just make a plan to remember where yous stored them.