Where to Donate Your Old Bras
Your bras are there for you when you need them. They help you feel confident in your LBD, support you through every yoga pose and keep you comfortable during long workdays. When those bras have outlived their usefulness for you, pass on the favor by donating them to women in need.
We’ve donated over $1 million worth of bras in the past few years to different charities around the U.S., so we know firsthand what a difference this gift can make. Want to join us in supporting fellow women but unsure where to donate bras? There may be a service that accepts gently used bras right in your neighborhood. (Be sure to wash them and ensure they aren't falling apart before sending them off to their new owners.)
Added bonus? Many bra donation services will even send you a tax deduction receipt. Talk about a win-win.
Free the Girls
Free the Girls has a slogan: When you donate a bra, you give someone a job. The organization works with services all around the world that rescue women and girls from sex trafficking, who can then start their own businesses selling donated bras. It's a job that they can do while caring for their families and attending school, and one that allows them to be surrounded by other women.
Free the Girls accepts new and gently used bras of all sizes, styles and types. They have relationships with dozens of businesses and churches around the U.S. that serve as drop-off points. If you don't have one near you, you can also mail your bras to the organization. You can even write a note of encouragement to the girls who receive the bras along with your donation.
The Bra Recyclers
If you're interested in going green, don't overlook your underwear drawer. A mere 15 percent of textiles are recycled, while 85 percent of textiles end up in landfills. The Bra Recyclers are dedicated to changing those stats, one bra at a time.
This organization sends usable bras to its charity partners, which then distribute them to women in need. When you donate old bras that are no longer usable, the organization recycles them, keeping them out of landfills and benefiting the environment. According to the Bureau of International Recycling, recycling just over two pounds of textiles can save 1,600 gallons of water and eliminate eight pounds of CO2 emissions.
Use the drop-off location finder on the Bra Recyclers site to find the closest store that accepts their donations. And if your closest location isn't close enough, you can send your donation through the mail.
Donate Your Bra
Donate Your Bra is a group that collects used bras and distributes them to breast cancer support groups, shelters and other charities that support women. The group is small but mighty: It's run entirely by unpaid volunteers, so you know that you're supporting women who are dedicated to doing good.
Because they're small, Donate Your Bra only accepts donation by mail.
Want to be sure your used bras go to women in your community? Cut out the middle woman and bring them directly to women in need. Just one person can make a huge impact. One Maryland woman asked her friends and families to give her their used bras; within one year, she had distributed 20,000 bras to homeless women.
Contact local domestic violence shelters and homeless shelters to ask whether bra donations would be welcomed. You'll likely hear a resounding "yes" from everyone. Women in these shelters often receive clothing donations, but few people think to donate bras.
And don't stop at your own bedroom door! If you're willing to donate your bras, chances are good that your relatives and friends would be willing to do the same. Post a message on social media asking for donations, then handle the collection and drop-off at a local shelter.