Recently I did a big clean out of my closet and decided to donate my clothes to charity. As I was going through my drawers I came across things like bras, that I simply thought were not an item that could be donated due to its personal nature. However, it turns out that there can be a second life for your used or new bras that you simply have never worn or don’t fit right.
The Bra Recyclers is a textile recycling company focused on doing their part to recycle and reuse bras that may end up in landfills. They buy and sell recycled bras, which are re-distributed through exporters and organizations to developing countries around the world. This is supported by a network of Bra Recycling Ambassadors who assist the organization in providing women with the bras. Many of the bras are donated to breast cancer survivors and women in transitional shelters, where ever they are needed the most. Also The Bra Recyclers provides an opportunity for people around the country to support organizations that assist women and girls in transition. Their concept is summed up with the slogan, “USED BRAS, Using Simple Encouragements to Develop, Blossom and Renew positive Attitudes and Self-esteem.”
When looking to donate a bra to The Bra Recyclers they ask for very simple criteria. Bras need to be in good condition: clasps and straps need to be functional, all sizes and styles are accepted (including special needs bras), post breast surgery and maternity bras are accepted as well. Also if you are going to donate a new bra, just keep the tags on, the recipient of the bra will appreciate knowing it’s new. Wash it, tag it, fill out the Bra Recycling Form, box it, and drop it off or mail it to their address found on The Bra Recyclers website.
Since the organization’s start in 2008, they have donated over 100,000 bras. These bras are an esteem-booster and can be an important factor for many women who have gone through hard times. A well-fitted bra gives them the confidence to go anywhere and do anything they want to do.