Bras are one of the hardest garments to recycle; did you know that? Think about this for just a moment. First of all, you almost never see bras in thrift stores. Women usually wear them until they can’t be worn anymore, and unless you are super hard up, no woman is going to want to wear another woman’s old bra. Secondly, since bras are usually made out of a combination of fabric and wire, they can’t really be repurposed very well.
I have written two articles about creative people who have found ways to recycle them. One is about a woman who figured out how to transform bras into emergency face masks, and the other is about another lady who makes cute little bra handbags from old Wonderbras.
People who know me well know that I work closely with the homeless community in Atlanta, and the one thing they are always in need of is underwear and bras because those items don’t get donated when people are sorting through and giving away their old clothes. If you want to do something special for the homeless community in your town, drop off a couple packs of new underwear and bras (all different sizes). The people there will be so grateful I’m sure.
In Japan, it’s even a more complicated situation because many towns require garbage bags to be transparent. Women are hesitant to even throw their old bras into the garbage because apparently there are some pervs out there who go through garbage bags to get them out. Now there is a company in Japan called Triumph International that is collecting old bras and turning them into boiler and power-generating fuel. If you want to read all the geeky details about how exactly this is done, click over to this article on The Japan Times. Wow, nice!