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Most charity shops won't take used bras.

Bravissimo "bra banks"

The lingerie/swimwear chain Bravissimo runs a bra recycling scheme in shops. Every shop has a "bra bank" (usually in the changing room area) where you can leave your old bra. It doesn't matter what condition it's in! Those in a usable condition go to women in other countries, those that are unusable are recycled. Bravissimo also makes a 70p donation to Refuge for every kilo of donated bras. List of Bravissimo shops:


Smalls for All: send bras by post

The charity Smalls for All takes unworn or "gently worn" bras and distributes them to people in Africa. Post them to:

Smalls for All 108 Buchanan Crescent Eliburn Livingston EH54 7EF

Source:, confirmed by email January 2018.

Against Breast Cancer: bra banks, but not always easy to find

The charity Against Breast Cancer has a national bra recycling scheme, but the info on their website about the location of the bra banks isn't always up to date, so you may have a wasted journey.