I finally know about a place where I can recycle old lingerie! Such as underwire bras, negligees and polyester underwear that you can’t donate and feel awful just tossing in landfill.
This is Lingerie cycle™ – a collaboration between American underwear brand Hanky Panky and B.R.A Recycling Agency.
Coincidentally, I found out about their recycling services while shopping. And, in case you are wondering; no, no, no, this post-baby-number-two-breastfeeding-mama is not back to my “nice” underwear yet, I was shopping for my sister :) This is our favorite underwear brand, for fit reasons, and of course we love that it’s beautiful, made in USA and organic.
Lingerie cycle (via BRA Recycling Agency) takes your old undergarments and turns them into red carpet filler, and sells the metal parts for cash they donate to Breast Cancer Research.
You can send them your stuff by ordering a free envelope when you shop at Hanky Panky – which is what I did – or get loads of more info on their website brarecyclingagency.com
I stuffed my bag with five bras, a night gown thingy and a pair of fancy underwear and I ended up paying about 7 dollars in postage. I do realize it can be a deal breaker for some to pay to recycle but if you shop at an expensive place like Hanky Panky, (one organic bralette is $68, one pair of hipsters $32) adding a few dollars to that shouldn’t be major for that type shopper. And you are paying for a program that does good – so basically charity :)
A free option could be these guys I found, brarecycling.com, which actually has some drop-off locations around the country.
Just curious; what do you do with your/your family’s broken, or old, underwear and socks?