An old sports bra lived under my side of the bed for months. It was my constant reminder to find a way to recycle or reuse all my old bras.
Throwing unneeded items out, is often societies first choice for disposal – but it isn’t mine. ‘Being time poor’ is not an excuse for producing unnecessary landfill waste – which is where my bras would of ended up, if I threw them out.
After a quick Google search, I found a noble use for my old bras. Donating them to Upliftbras. From their website:
“In the Solomon Islands it is quite difficult to access a comfortable bra. Some of the second hand shops sell bras but mostly women have to buy their bras from the Chinese Trade Stores. These bras have some problems; they come in smaller sizes, are made of nylon and perish quickly in tropical conditions. You cannot buy maternity bras or mastectomy bras in country. For the women to be given free bras is an unbelievable experience for all of them. Women feel a tremendous obligation to meet the needs of their families, and so for any woman in the village to spend money buying a bra for herself can almost be seen as an unforgivable sin. The priority for women’s spending is food and education needs of children.”
spacer.gif – Rose Wale, 2012, Report of Bra Distribution, Solomon Islands
In Australia we take much for granted, even our waste.
My old bras have now been posted and donated to Upliftbras.