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How to Re-Home Old Bras

You’ve gone through your bras and found some old favorites that no longer make the cut. Or perhaps you bought a few bras months (or even years) ago that you never ended up wearing or that never fit in the first place. What do you do with these bras?

The answer to this question depends on one other question: Are the bras still wearable? In other words, are they something that another person would be happy to receive? There are a few helpful tips on how to determine whether a bra is still worth wearing in our blog post, When to Retire and Replace Your Old Bras.

If the bra is still in good condition, but not your current size or your preferred style, there are many avenues you can take:

Keep it local:

  • If the only issue with a bra is that it’s not the correct size, you may want to keep it to wear at a different time. Especially if you are pregnant or nursing, or if your weight fluctuates, keeping a few bras in an old size can be useful.
  • Do you personally know someone close to your size or whom the bras might fit? Ask if they would like to try your old bras!
  • La Lingerie’s Bra Recycling Program: We take clean, gently used bras and donate them to various local shelters. Many of our donations go to Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS), but other organizations we have donated to include the YWCA, Briarpatch Youth Services.
  • Donate to local thrift stores like Goodwill and St Vincent de Paul.

Spread the love:

  • The Bra Recyclers accepts gently used bras, post-surgery breast cancer supplies and accessories, and new panties in their mission “to recycle, reuse or repurpose bras while providing substantial social benefits to women and girls escaping domestic violence, drug addiction, human trafficking and breast cancer survivors.”
  • Free the Girls collects new and gently used bras in order to help “formerly trafficked women in developing countries become entrepreneurs [by] selling these bras in their local second-hand clothing markets in their communities.”
  • I Support the Girls accepts new and gently used bras as well as unopened or individually wrapped menstrual products for distribution throughout the US and globally, “allowing women experiencing homelessness, impoverishment, or distress to stand tall with dignity.”

If the bra is no longer wearable, please do not donate it. Instead, bras at the end of their life—as well as worn underwear which cannot be donated—can be literally recycled into carpet cushion if sent to the Bra Recycling Agency. With this option, you will need to pay for both the “permit” to recycle as well as any shipping costs, but I believe it’s worth it to know that your discarded lingerie won’t end up in a landfill. As a bonus, any metal in the bras will be recycled too, and proceeds from that process are donated to breast cancer research!

As a courtesy, please ensure items are clean and completely dry before donating or recycling.

~ Trillian & the la lingerie team

1 comment

  • Thank you for this very useful information. La Lingerie has donated to New Horizons in La Crosse, and the bras are so gratefully received. The woman who takes the donations said they’re always all gone within a week. Thank you for collecting bras and donating them. What a wonderful shop La Lingerie is in every way!

    Ellen Ullsvik

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