Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

Recycle Your Old Bras & Lingerie

on January 29, 2016

I don’t know what got me started thinking about this topic but I became intrigued. What do women do with their old bras and lingerie? We all have these articles in our drawers. Once worn and loved bras and lingerie. Sometimes we hold onto things even when we know full well that we will never wear them again. Whether they don’t fit anymore or whether we think “One day I might wear this again.”

So I started thinking, what are the alternatives to donating them to places like Goodwill or Salvation Army or other charity shops? What even happens to these things when we donate them? I have to admit that I’ve never purchased these articles from thrift shops. My hope is that they only put out what looks decent and is in good shape. I mean, I don’t think they should be donated if you yourself would not wear them.


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I read about a program called Donate Your Bra. This organization collects old bras, lingerie, swimwear and cancer survivor items such as wigs, prosthetic breast inserts and post-mastectomy bras. Fabulous! Except they are located in the U.S. and items must be dropped off or shipped to their location. Not a feasible solution for a Canadian. It seems that Canada is lagging in bra donation and recycling efforts. That’s too bad.

There are some organization like YWCA shelters, Red Door, and Interval House accepting donations but will not accept something that is not wearable and in good condition.

So what are some other options?

I found this article from containing some alternative donation places. Worth a read.


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A quick google search also yielded some clever ways to repurpose old bras. I love the idea of adding cups to existing swimwear or camisoles for extra support. I will be doing this for sure!

Would love to hear any ideas from others out there on recycling and repurposing efforts. 🙂






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