Sustainability Sunday #71

BOOBIES!

I’m sure that got your attention didn’t it? Today, we are talking about where to put your old over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders.

If you’re trying the capsule wardrobe thing, have had yourself measured lately or are just having a good old clear out there’s a few items it’s tricky to know what to do with, and bras are one of them. They’re generally made of fabric, some kind of plastic and sometimes metal wires so how on earth can we recycle them. Let me introduce a  pantastic charity called Smalls for All.

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Based in Scotland, Smalls for All collect new and gently used underwear, including bras, and re-distribute them around the world to women and young girls who need them. They help people living across Africa who are in orphanages, slums, internally displaced people camps and schools, as well as providing underwear to hospitals to help those suffering from medical conditions like obstetric fistula after a long and/or obstructed labour. The great thing about Smalls for All is there are two ways in which you can help out:

  1. Donate your old bras (and pants) which helps you out too. You can post any suitable items to their address in Scotland below. From here, they will direct your donations to people in need across Africa and you get to feel good about not chucking your perfectly wearable over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder in the bin!
  2. Help out without your bra.  I don’t mean volunteering topless here, although you probably could. Smalls for All have an Amazon Wishlist of things they need and you can buy to donate from this list.

108 Buchanan Crescent,

Eliburn,

Livingston,

EH54 7EF

UK

Aside from Smalls for All, there are a couple of other ways to recycle your bra:

  • Against Breast Cancer also collect gently worn bras, similarly distributing them to women across the globe who need them. The have specific bra banks where you can drop them off and with every tonne of bras collected Against Breast Cancer receives £700 towards their research. ABC work with various recycling partners to give some of the most-worn bras a new life; their textile recovery project diverts bras from landfill and give them a new lease of life in developing countries such as Togo, Ghana and Kenya, where bras remain too expensive to produce locally. Head to the website to find your local bra bank!
  • There are several high street charity shops that will also take bra donations, they have to still be in pretty good condition but places like Oxfam do take them, it’s a good idea to call your local one first.
  • OR – hear me out – if sewing/crafting is your thing, and your bra is a little too worn to donate, why not take it apart yourself? Using little scraps of lace, the wire fastening or padded cups can fit nicely into a new garment or be used to embellish homemade cards.

OR as I spotted on Facebook this week, if any of you are in the vetinary industry, you can use your bra to help animals after eye surgery 🙂

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