Ditching an old pair of glasses can be a major cause for hesitation, even if the glasses are more scratched than a cat owner’s couch, or if the prescription is too weak to decipher a take-out menu. And even if you’re ready to move on to something new, it’s really nice to have the option of putting on your old glasses – after all, you’ve probably spent hours (or days) agonizing over the decision. to buy them.
Japanese eyewear company JINS stepped in to solve this dilemma. The chic and inexpensive eyewear brand has launched a recycling initiative called “Revive”, which allows you to replace the lenses of an old pair of frames for free (any frames – not just JINS brand ones), when you buy a new pair from them. Here is the truth.
How JINS recycles your old glasses
Often update programs may seem a bit complicated, but JINS Revive program requires quite little effort. Here’s how it works:
- After adding a new pair of frames to your online shopping cart, check the JINS Revive box and select clear lenses or screen lenses before checking out. (The display lenses filter out blue light from digital devices, which is helpful if you spend a lot of time on your phone or laptop, as blue light can interfere with your sleep.)
- Once you have received your new frames in the mail, save the box and place your old frames inside and sign the enclosed release form.
- Drop the box off at the post office and within weeks you’ll have your old frames fitted with new lenses that fit your current prescription.
- Oh, and – you box do all of this in one of their brick and mortar stores, but so far their only US locations are in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The fine print
There are a few caveats about the Revive program to keep in mind. They cannot replace progressive lenses, so they are best suited for people with single vision prescriptions. Speaking of prescriptions, JINS uses the same prescription in your revived glasses as in your new pair – that is, you can’t use two different prescriptions. And no, you can’t replace your old glasses with sunglasses either (sigh). Obviously, these exceptions are going to be a deal breaker for progressive lens wearers or those looking to turn their regular glasses into a pair of sunglasses, but if that’s not you, it’s a bargain.
Economical and stylish lenses — straight out of Tokyo
If you’re ready to revive your old glasses, or – honestly, even if you just want new glasses – JINS has a very wide range of options available at reasonable prices. In fact, most frames ring between $100 and $120. They have one plot of styles, which is great if you like options, options, options, but if you prefer to cut to the chase you can filter by material, frame shape, frame size, nose bridge and even face shape to narrow down your choices. There’s also a virtual try-on feature, so you can see what the frames look like before committing to a pair.
One style that probably deserves a shout out is the JINS cell, which has sold 20 million pairs to date. It is made of a shape-memory material that is flexible and springs back into shape if bent. Plus, the frames are lightweight, making them easier to wear all day.
Shop JINS Eyewear
JINS has over 300 frames available — here’s a look at some popular styles:
Tortoiseshell glasses with a slightly oversized fit
Simple and classic, the Slim Oversized 220 frames have a tortoiseshell design and a slightly rounded shape that will never go out of style. JINS’ signature Airframe construction means they’re ultra-lightweight and can withstand bending and twisting, while nose pads and rubber temple coating keep them firmly against your face.
Deliciously vintage-inspired trendy eyewear
These chic granny glasses are vintage-inspired and bang on-trend — and you don’t have to rummage through flea market stalls to score them. Round lenses are complemented by a bit of angularity for definition, and adjustable nose pads provide a comfortable fit.
The best-selling glasses that are perfect for everyday use
You can’t go wrong with the Slim Vivid frames – they feature a simple rectangular construction and a crystal-look design that comes in a handful of colors; go for a neutral like champagne, or add a pop of color with the bright cherry red pictured here. JINS airframe engineering means they are lightweight and extremely durable.
Statement makers with tons of panache
Anything but ordinary, these oversized frames let you channel your 1970s news reporter — and they’re as cool with your favorite tee and jeans as they are with a pencil skirt. Choose from a bold black or opt for a clear and understated design.
Delicate metal frames with defined top edges
These metal frames provide the perfect balance. The slim and delicate build is complemented by black upper rims for just the right amount of definition – but you can also opt for nice blue or sleek silver accents. Nose pads provide a secure fit for comfortable all-day wear.
If you need to buy new single vision lenses due to scratches, diminished coating or new prescription, JINS is probably your next best choice. In no time, you’ll have two pairs (one old and one new) fitted with pristine lenses…without burning a hole in your wallet.
And even if you just fancy injecting some new style into your eyewear wardrobe, JINS has some serious frames to choose from, making this Japanese brand one to watch. (Literally as well as figuratively.)