I don’t particularly enjoy cleaning – in fact I dread it. But for some reason, I don’t mind the cleaning that accompanies the onset of spring. There’s a sense of renewal in spring cleaning; getting rid of unwanted goods and making room for new. I am giddy in anticipation to put away my thick, wool sweaters and donate clothing that I have either grown tired of, or that issue an exclamation of “What was I thinking?!”
Yet I find that I rarely organize my lingerie drawer, and got to thinking of how often women actually do it?
Just as trends change throughout the years, so do our bodies. A bra that you’ve owned since high school, or wore pre-baby, may not fit the same after your body has evolved through such stages. Instead of throwing out unwanted goods, I came across a great textile recycling company that accepts gently worn bras and donates them to women in need. The Bra Recyclers, a division of Bosom Buddy Recycling, is an organization based in Arizona that strives to eliminate the unnecessary disposal of bras in landfills.
The founder, Elaine Birks-Mitchell, believes that “a bra is something that many women take for granted, but for women in need a new bra can boost their self-esteem and renew positive attitudes.”
Bras can be sent to the organization by simply completing four easy steps: washing the bra, filing out a ‘bra recycling form’, packaging the bra, and dropping it off at your nearest post office.
In honor of upcoming Earth Day, I suggest we all donate a gently used bra to women in need, whether it be to the Bosom Buddy Recyling organization or to your local consignment shop or charitable organization. Helping others in need is something we can all feel good about!
For more information, visit brarecycling.org.