I mentioned on the site that I was decluttering my wardrobe and some of you reminded me that recycling bras was something to keep in mind.
Well I have to confess, I do have some underwear that is looking for a home, so I’ve been looking in to the various ways to recycle bras for charity.
It’s estimated that the average UK women has 4 unused bras in her wardrobe. Perhaps you’ve changed sizes after having a baby or stopped breast feeding, have put on or lost weight, have a growing teenager in the house or simply bought something that doesn’t fit properly. Or maybe, like most British women and their clothes; you’ve bought something you’ve never worn because you don’t like the fit / colour / style …
Breast Talk Bra Appeal
Sheila told me about the Breast Talk bra appeal.
Breast talk distribute bras to charities throughout the UK and overseas or use them to generate cash for breast cancer research.
While I have several unwanted items spilling out of my wardrobe, other women are not so lucky. For instance, some homeless women do not have many possessions and in some countries, where women have to choose between feeding their kids or buying new underwear, the price of a new bra is out of their reach.
You can post any washed and decent bras direct to the BreastTalk appeal. They ask that you attach a small piece of paper to each bra with the size using a paper clip.
BreastTalk.co.uk – Bra Appeal
PO Box 71
Bag It Up!
Alison Jones from “Bag It Up” told me all about their ‘bag it up’ campaign:
“Our quirky bra campaign was first launched for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in Autumn 2006 with the aim to collect 200,000 bras, which would guarantee £10,000 for the charity. The scheme was then extended to include the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Bra Amnesty, Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance ‘Bag A Bra’ and CancerCare Bra Amnesty.
Bras are worth more to the charities we support than our mixed clothing grade, but because they are so small and lightweight, it is hard to find enough bras to meet the bulk demand from overseas markets, particularly West Africa.
If you would like to collect bras at your workplace, college or community group, you can request a pack of posters, bags and information from Bag It Up at the address below or by telephoning 01422 418618.
Every single bra helps! If you have only a ‘handful’ which you can post, please send them to us at:
The ‘Bag It Up’ Bra Campaign
Bag It Up
For all of our Yorkshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Somerset residents you can also place your bras into a bag very clearly marked up ‘BRAS’ and put them in any of the clothing recycling banks we have throughout the regions.
REMEMBER: We also collect any of your unwanted clothes, shoes and household textiles in the clothing banks, which are a sustainable source of income for all the life-saving and life-changing charities we support. Please have a spring clean out now to see how much you could donate.
Visit Bag It Up and use our postcode locator at the top of the home page to find your nearest bank.
All items donated are repacked at our warehouse, before they are sent to one of our grading partners, to be pressed into bales ready for shipment all around the world!. Bras are sent to West Africa where local women can buy quality used bras at affordable prices.
We only sell to recognised traders in the UK and abroad, where the demand for quality clothing is high, and there is a used clothing market freely available to all.
You can read more about the bra schemes by visiting our ‘campaign’s page.
Karen said that in Devon, where she lives, there are a number of charity shops accepting bra donations, so it’s always worth asking locally.
Breast Cancer campaign
Gill gave the heads up to the breast cancer campaign. They have bra recycling points across the country. You need to email [email protected] to find your nearest recycling bank.
If you live near a homeless shelter, then just take your unwanted bras there yourself where your donations will be gratefully received.
If your bra is beyond use then you can donate them to a textiles bank or local Oxfam shop where they will be reused as material for other uses.
Recycling bras in the US
For our friends across the pond, the Bra Recyclers site have drop off points around the country to help you recycle your unwanted undies.
What about you – any other campaigns, charities or quirky reuse ideas to add to the list?