How to recycle your old underwear and socks
Swedish Stockings takes donations of old pantyhose and turns them into fiberglass tanks while Sock Shop suggests you donate old socks to charities for the homeless. Apparently, socks are one of the most needed, but least given items. If you want some new tights, check out Hedoine for their biodegradable tights which are sustainably made and also guaranteed to be ladder free.
What to do with your old bras?
It’s a fact – your breasts fluctuate as much as the rest of your body with your diet, exercise and hormonal changes… These factors can make your bras fit perfectly, super uncomfortable – but throwing them away is the last thing you should do.
Against Breast Cancer invites you to bring all your unworn or unloved bras to their bra banks. The bras go through a textile recycling system and are sent to Togo, Ghana and Kenya, where the bras are too expensive to produce locally. It’s a win-win system. The program supports small businesses overseas by providing income and provides jobs to people in the UK. If the bras can no longer be worn, they will be disassembled and disposed of properly and for every tonne of bras the charity will receive £700, which will be used to support pioneering breast cancer research.
If you have bras you no longer want and you are not near a bra bank, send them by paid post to: Against Breast Cancer, Leathem House, 13 Napier Court, Barton Lane, Abingdon, OXON, OX14 3YT
M&S also has bra recycling facilities at its in-store clothing collection points. These bras end up being sold to charity shops, recycled or resold to local vendors in Senegal.
And what can you do with old briefs and pants?
If they’re too small to use as a duster, check out Smalls for All, a Scotland-based charity that distributes used underwear to those in need in the UK and Africa. If you’re wondering what to bring to charity shops, be mindful of what you plan to donate. If your panties are unusable, ask if your local charity store takes rags. Many UK charity shops can only sell underwear that still bears the tags, but sometimes take used items as they can also be sold to textile recyclers.