Think Before You Toss Your Bra
Written by: Jana Shaw | @Jana_C_Shaw
According to the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART) Association, 95% of textiles, worn or torn, can be recycled but only 15% are actually recycled. The rest of those textiles go into our landfills and add to the growing numbers of post-consumer textile waste. Furthermore, textile recycling not only positively impacts the environment, but also impacts us as a society.
The Bra Recyclers engage socially and environmentally conscious companies and individuals to understand the positive impacts recycling can have on families around the world.
A simple lingerie staple, like a bra, is prized by women and girls whose voices and choices have been muted by controlled and uncontrolled circumstances (e.g., cancer, domestic violence, human trafficking, and natural disasters). Many individuals in communities around the world don’t realize they can recycle used and unused bras. 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong-sized bra, which means there are thousands upon thousands of bras that can be reused and/or recycled to help women and girls in transition.
The Bra Recyclers invites and challenges you to join thousands of socially and environmentally conscious recyclers around the world who decided to ‘DO SOMETHING’ to help families in transition while also reducing the amount of reusable textiles that unnecessarily go to our landfills. Recycling is simple to do, but the impact it has on our environment and on the lives of people who lack basic items, is monumental. So how can you get involved?
Please join us in our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and help families in transition by recycling your used bras at one of our Bra Recycling Ambassador drop off locations near you, or by mailing them in. Visit our website: www.BraRecycling.com to learn more!
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