If you have a drawer full of ill fitting or worn out bras that you no longer wear (most likely because you finally got the right fit thanks to the our Fit Quiz) and are ready to replace, don’t just throw them away.
The U.S. EPA estimates that the average citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing and textiles each year—waste that occupies nearly 5% of all landfills. But it’s easy to take a greener approach to cleaning our your closet, including your worn-out bras. Believe it or not, recycling the lingerie you no longer have use for is possible and does a ton of good.
Look for organizations that donate bras to those in need, like Bras for a Cause , a nonprofit that donate bras, swimsuits, and cancer-survivor items (wigs, mastectomy bras, prosthetic bra inserts, etc.) to shelters, breast cancer survivor support groups, and charities around the world. It is never too late to do a little good—from your closet and beyond.
Every few months, take a moment to evaluate the state of your bras—it might just be the right time to break up with your best friends. If so, don’t hesitate to do your part by donating and recycling for them for a good cause, and reward yourself by ushering in a new wave of well-made bras.