If you have bras that you don't wear any more, you may be wondering what to do with them.
Most charity shops are only able to sell underwear that is unworn and still has the labels on it, so if it is still tagged, you can go ahead and donate it.
If you do donate worn items they can still benefit the charity by being sold as 'rag' (as can any unsalable clothing).
Most large charities will accept rag (for example Oxfam or Age UK) but it's best to check first, especially with smaller organisations.
If you have a genuinely vintage item of underwear you might be able to sell it to a vintage store or on eBay. Indeed any gently worn modern bras can be successfully sold on eBay.
However another way you can dispose of your unwanted bras and help a good cause is by donating them to the Against Breast Cancer Bra Appeal. They will send the bras to an organisation which sells them to traders in third world countries, allowing them to help their own local economies.
Furthermore for each Kg of bras donated £1 is given to Breast Cancer Campaign.
They can use nearly all types of bra: - all sizes, styles, types (including maternity and sports bras), US or European sized, even very large or very small.
Against Breast Cancer has a network of Bra Banks all over the UK , However, if there is no bra bank near you, bras can be posted to Recycling Scheme, Against Breast Cancer, Leatham House, 13 Napier Court, Barton Lane, Abingdon, OXON. OX14 3YT.
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of Reduce Reuse Recycle.