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One thing that almost all women, from my perspective, have in common a drawer with three full of bras and underwear. And, if you're similar situation with me, you have faves that you seek week after week, and also bras and underwear that have been collecting dust in the back of the drawer for years. Now, what do you do with old bras?

You may not want to throw them away, but you also don't know how to deal with the whole old bras and underwear you don't wear anymore. When it comes to aging, used underwear, most people may feel that dumping them in the trash is the only option. That's right, and it's not the case!

When it comes to removing old bras, most people believe that their only options are to A. throw them away or B. burn them in a symbolic ritual.

There are a few bra recycling, eco-friendly options out there that might be the second life your bra deserves before you turn to such harsh methods. Now would be the time to pay it forward by donating your old bras to charities or a women's shelter after all the time it has spent supporting you. Yes, there are a lot of charities that will accept your tata holders and put them to great use.

But what about those bras that have been used far too much that they are breaking apart? What can you do with vintage bras like these?

Should you say goodbye to your worn-out bras?

I understand how tempting it is to take the bra you no longer want, walk to the trash can, and throw it away! However, the reality is that doing so creates a worse problem: textile waste. Textile waste is a massive global issue that is only getting worse.

I know what you're thinking: "Really?" It's only an old bra; it's not a big deal..." While you are right that it is just an old bra and isn't a great piece of fabric, it is more than you might imagine when everyone is tossing away their old bras.

The effects of the textile business aren't limited to trash from shirts and pants; underwear that ends up in landfills is also a prominent feature. The typical person in Canada wastes away 36.7 kg of clothing each year. Imagine how many tons of apparel are thrown away annually if that is the amount for just one individual. Allow that to sink in.

As a result, even that one outdated bra makes a difference. If you're trying to live with a brief of sustainable development, you can help minimize the amount of textile waste we produce by simply looking for alternate options for "disposing" of bras.

Repurpose your old, worn-out bras with a DIY idea.

How about if I told you that, other from your breast, you could wear your bras on other regions of your body? What if I told you that "other area" might be your face? I guarantee I haven't gone insane; all I have to say is face masks.

COVID-19 influenced every part of our lives, including the way we dress.

People can now use Bras for more than just support; Bras can also turn them into a DIY project through creative upcycling, and what better way to use them than for extra protection during these trying times?

But, first and foremost, what exactly is creative upcycling?

Let's get right to the point and ask the million-dollar question: Isn't recycling and upcycling the same thing? It turns out that it isn't the case. They belong to the same family, yet they don't have anything in common.

To avoid waste, recycling is converting discarded items and materials into new ones. For another, creative upcycling is the process of repurposing waste things that are no longer functional into new materials that are more valuable than the original. Isn't it amazing?

You can do various exciting things with your old bras, such as the facial masks I mentioned before! Cut the sideband of the bra first, then cut the strap and thread it from one end of the cup to the other to build a face mask out of an old bra. Don't worry if you don't know how to sew. You can always rely on hot glue.

This project is perfect for women with smaller busts. If you have a lot of huge melons, you can wind up with a mask that covers your whole face, not just your mouth and nose. Understandably, we'd wish to defend ourselves against the infection, but You should be aware that sight is a need.

Backless gowns can also be stitched with leftover cups for a beautiful built-in bra.

You may even make a DIY ball for your dog or cat out of those old, torn, and ripped bras! As can be seen, there are a plethora of possibilities; just let your imagination go wild!

Is it possible to donate old bras?

You can, of course, donate your old bras! All bras are allowed as long as they are in "excellent but used" condition. There are thrift stores that will buy your old bra if you've only worn it a few times, but there are also non-profit organizations that assist women who don't have easy access to bras.

These organizations help homeless women, women who have recently been released from prison, women who live in low-income countries, and women who live in shelters (P.S: You can also ask your local shelter if they accept bra donations).

When should you avoid donating your bras?

When they're in "poor and falling apart" shape, donating your bra may not be a realistic option if it has permanent stains, is damaged after years of use, or the elastic is overly slack, as most NGOs have criteria that the bra must be in good shape. And, if we're talking about thrift stores, bras must be in excellent condition (for obvious reasons).

Are there any organizations that accept secondhand bras?

Used bras are accepted by a number of the charity. All you have to do now is washing them thoroughly and double-check that they meet the requirements for donation. The Salvation Army and Goodwill are two famous charities among them. However, it's best to donate to a bra-specific charity when it comes to bras.

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Donating your old bras to bra-local shelters are the most excellent solution because they quickly distribute the pieces to women in need. Aside from that, several are linked to local homeless shelters that assist women who have been victims of sexual violence or trafficking.

Free The Girls is one of these organizations that gives donated bras to survivors of such tragedies and helps them develop secondhand clothing businesses in local communities and raise awareness about sexual slavery and trafficking victims. Its projects show that even a small donation can help the girls gain their freedom.

The Bra Recyclers, for example, collect bras for both distribution and recycling, such as carpet padding, to women fleeing domestic violence, trafficking, or breast cancer as well as repurposing them into carpet padding.

Finally, I Support The Girls accepts gently used bras for distribution to women in need worldwide. Not only that, but the used bras also sell tampons and maxi pads, both of which are necessary necessities for every woman. It's admirable that they take it upon themselves to help women in dangerous situations reclaim their dignity by providing bras and period care goods.

If none of these organizations are located in your nation, you might conduct an online search for local bra-related organizations.

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What's the best way to get rid of old underwear?

Underwear is a highly personal item. Since we were children, we've been told that underpants should never, ever be lent out, regardless of the circumstances. This makes it challenging to get rid of old underwear, as few charity centers take it, especially if it's well-worn.

It's a different situation if you have a pair of underwear that you bought years ago and have never worn or only worn once. Alternative to donating to charity, other possibilities include composting organic fiber clothing or donating to textile recycling.

Did you know that your old underwear may be composted?

That's right. You can compost your underwear! You can cut your pairs into strips and throw them into your garden or compost bin if they're made of 100 percent natural fibers like organic cotton (no synthetic fibers, as they don't biodegrade).

You will be keeping your undies from ending up in a landfill in addition to treating your plants as they deserve, giving them nutrition, and enriching the soil where they flourish (and we already know what the situation is like in landfills). It's preferred that they live out their days in the peace of your house.

January 16, 2022 — Yu Chao

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