Bra Recycling – Providing bras to women in need

If you’re like me, when you hear the word “recycling,” you immediately think of a paper recycling or collecting containers of aluminum cans. Here’s a twist, however, on the traditional model of recycling.  One organization wants women across the country to think about recycling their bras, in addition to all the traditional recycling items.

The Bra Recyclers is part of the Bosom Buddy organization, an Arizona-based 501(c)3 organization.
Bosom Buddy Recycling will take your old bras and give them to deserving women around the country including women’s shelters, transitional housing, and breast cancer-survivor support groups.

We all have a few bras we’ll never wear again or that we never have worn due to fit, either way, don’t toss out that bra.  There are plenty of people in need of what you have, right now. Click here to learn more.

Recycling Your Bras in 4 easy steps:
Wash It. All bras should be washed.

Tag It. Fill out Bra Recycling Form.

Box It. Place your bras in a box or large envelope.

Drop It Off or Mail It to:

3317 S. Higley Rd, Ste 114-441

Gilbert, AZ 85297


  1. I would not ever, ever, ever want to wear someone else's used undergarments. And I cannot imagine anyone else would want to wear mine.

    Just in case I am not imaginative enough, I went to the site to see if I could see evidence of anyone wanting to wear a used bra. There was nothing: no testimonial, no identification of a specific group of women interested in these bras. Just vague assertions of textile recycling and the comment that “If bras are new please keep the tags on the bras. Recipients of the bras appreciate knowing the bras they are receiving are new.” Which confirms to me that no one really wants to be wearing my used undergarments.

    Please, do not think that discarding your used undergarments is being philanthropic. If you wish to be charitable, just give cash.

    Brigid at

  2. Thank you for your comment Brigid.

    Lots of people are under the mistaken impression that philanthropy just means giving money to charity.
    Actually, philanthropy is defined much more broadly as: “goodwill to fellowmen; the active effort to promote the welfare of others, expressed esp. by the generous donation of money to good causes.” But it’s not always about money.

    Money is not something everyone can donate (especially in these challenging economic times, and not every situation calls for money.

    Philanthropy encompasses everything from donating your talents (be it hairdressing, cooking, bookkeeping or anything else) to an organization that needs them, to donating your old eyeglasses or shoes to third world countries, to shopping in a socially conscious way, to volunteering, social activism, and yes, donating a bra or two to those in need. Most of us take a selection of clean undergarments for granted, but there are plenty of women who are going without. Bosom Buddy Recycling will take your old bras and give them to deserving women around the country including women’s shelters, transitional housing, and breast cancer-survivor support groups.

    Bottom line: Living generously doesn’t require you to have a big bank account. It just requires you to have a big heart.

  3. Thanks for your comments. I am the CEO of The Bra Recyclers. If you look at our Charity Connections page, it will give you an idea of the organizations that we support here in the US. We also send bras to developing countries where women cannot afford them. In terms of the US, where domestic violence is what I call a silent killer, women around this country are escaping violent situations everyday with only the clothing on their back. A bra is considered a welcomed item to these women and girls in transition.

    If you are not comfortable recycling your bras please send monetary donations to organizations in your community. Also based on Brigid's comments we will also consider putting testimonials of the shelters we support on our site. You would be amazed how something so simple can mean so much to a women in transition. Thanks for the suggestion.

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