Here’s what to do with old bras so you can make a difference…


Bras. We buy them, wear them, love them (sometimes hate them!) and tend to keep them in a drawer for long after we no longer use them. Whether it’s because we can’t bear the thought of throwing them in the bin, or we just don’t know what to do with them, there aren’t many of us who aren’t guilty of hoarding old bras!

what to do with old bras

However, a recent viral post about what to do with your old or unwanted bras could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Posted by Marie Mitchell Pothwell on Facebook, the idea has been shared hundreds of thousands of times.

Marie Mitchell

BRAS! If your having a clear out please note that most charity shops don’t take bras, even though they often cost us a lot of money and they seem too nice to throw in the bin. I have found a UK based…

In the post, Marie points out that charity shops are a ‘no-go’ for old bars, as they won’t accept them. However, UK based charity ‘Smalls For All’ will take them. Founded in 2010, the charity a uses old, donated bras to help those living in orphanages, slums and IDP camps. They also carry out educational projects to help children in schools.

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The charity points out that, “while people living in Western Society tend to have easy access to underwear and take it for granted, in many more remote or poorer parts of Africa…underwear is a luxury that many people just cannot afford or it isn’t easily available.”

The company will donate any of your ‘gently worn’ bras to their various projects in Lusaka and Kafue in Zambia. However, if you’ve got a well-worn and previously loved bra in the back of your wardrobe – don’t throw that away either!

If your old bra is too worn to donate, the charity will organise for the bra to be recycled. They can then use the material and metal to raise money. The money is put towards buying people they help new knickers, as well as provide them with bras.

Want to help?

Find out how you can get involved by clicking HERE.

Or, send your smalls to:

Smalls For All
108 Buchanan Crescent,
Eliburn, Livingston, EH54 7EF

Although ‘Smalls For All’ isn’t the only charity to take your old bras and provide for those in need in Africa, it is certainly a worthwhile cause.

The M&S Shwopping campaign also allows you to donate any old or unwanted clothes, shoes and bras to many of their stores all over the UK.

They ensure that absolutely none of those items end up in landfill. Working with Oxfam, M&S guarantees that the clothes will go where there’s a demand, or are recycled. Around 1 billion items of clothing end up in landfill each year. So, it’s a worthwhile scheme to get involved in!