How many of you have bras in your drawers that you no longer wear? Maybe they are stretched out, never fit, or they just don’t fit now. I generally have the first type of bra–the ones that are stretched out. And today, they still sit in my drawers because I can’t figure out who would take them or how I can reuse them. Well, now I do. Read on for 10 ways to recycle or repurpose your old bras.
Most people would say pitch those worn out over the boulder shoulder holders. Sadly the average US citizen throws away 70 lbs of clothing a year. 85% of thrown out textiles end up in landfills. However, 95% of all textiles can be reused or recycled–especially in the case of bras!
1. Recycle for someone else’s use. Bra Recyclers takes back gently used bras. You can drop them off or mail them to their Arizona location.
2. Donate Your Bras for a Cause: You can donate your bras and lingerie to generate cash to further breast cancer research. Bras for a Cause is based in the US and Breast Talk is based in the UK. Alternatively, you can donate your bras to the Salvation Army or Goodwill for other women’s use.
2. Make a bra purse! Watch this video below how to sew it together. Be sure to embellish the purse so no one thinks it is your old bra. Second thought, some bras are amazingly beautiful.
(Note: Watch this video without kids around. The woman making the video has a not too friendly kid picture at the beginning of the video and a suggestive caption that pops up.)
4. A little love for your pets? Recycle bras into pet balls.
5. Swimsuit Anyone? Turn a bra into a swimsuit top.
6. Compost your all cotton bras. According to Rodale News, simply cut off any elastic and then cut the bras into small pieces. PS, while you at it, get rid of those ripped cotton underwear, and compost them too.
7. Garden uses: Use the cups to hold up cantaloupe, small pumpkins and other vegetables that you want to grow on a trellis. Guess what! Be sure to look forward to my summer pictures of my bras in the garden. (First old pantyhose, now bras.)
8. Scented bra pouch. Make a scented bra pouch by inserting herbs and then sewing up the sides similar to the bra purse instruction.
9. Add some support. Add a bra to a camisole or bathing suit for added support. This ideas is something I am also considering. Watch this video below to add padding to a bathing suit. It is a little long but you can fast forward through parts of it.
Although I wouldn’t count this as a way that the average person can reuse or recycle their bras, in Japan bras are used for fuel. Triumph International accepts used bras in certain Japanese stores for recycling into boiler and power-generating fuel. According to Ecouterre, bras are one of the hardest garments to recycle.
So, don’t pitch-recycle or get clever!
Join the Conversation:
- How do you reuse your old bras? Please link up any instructional posts below.
- Do you recycle or donate your old bras?