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5 Ways to Recycle Old Bras

Updated on November 17, 2014
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Daniella Lopez (Danie Newcomb) is a freelance writer, doula, and clinical herbalist. She lives in the Ozarks with her unschooled children.

Why recycle your old bras?

Recycling your old bras is not only good for the environment, but it also allows you to learn new and creative ways to turn something old into something new again. Reusing your old bras allows for them to evade the landfills that all of our trash goes to, allowing the earth more space to breath and in turn, helping the inhabitants of earth. By doing this, you're not only helping yourself, but you are also helping the earth and the countless others that live on the earth with you.

There are many ways to recycle your old bras. Here, I have listed 5 simple ways to bring new life into your old bra. Most of these are craft related projects. However, even if you're not a very crafty person, most of these are so simple to make anyone can do them.



5 Simple Ways...

  • Bra Purse: Do you love cute little purses? Then you'll love this idea! Turn your old bra into an adorable purse! These are great for if all you want to take is a little cash and perhaps your cell phone, because these purses can't hold many items. These are also a great way to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. Do note, the bigger the bra, the bigger your purse is going to be.
  • Bra Art: One very hot and creative way to recycle your old bra is to turn it into wall art! This should really only be reserved for your cute and sexy bras. Simply find a pop-out photo frame and mount your old bra inside of it. You can mount it with pins or heavy duty glue. This look goes great for anyone trying to go for a more vintage theme within the room they hang this in.
  • Herb Pouch: Herb pouches are very popular amongst Pagans and people who are simply into herbalism for alternative healing. To make an herb pouch out of an old bra, make it in a similar fashion that you would with the purse. The only difference will be that you will need to attach a zipper or clasp to keep the herbs sealed shut within the pouch. Once you have your pouch made, stuff it with herbs of your choice and keep it under your pillow or hanging over you as you sleep for better healing. These also make great gifts!
  • Homemade Lingerie: Do you have a sexy bra that you no longer have the matching panties for? Or perhaps it is a little snug but you still love it? Turn it into a sexy camisole! The best way to do this is to cut the band and resew your own band attached to the material that you'll be using for the flowing part of the camisole. This project might be a little bit more complicated than the others, but if you're willing to try, it'll make for a very sexy piece of lingerie.
  • Donate: If your bra is still in decent condition and simply doesn't fit or you just don't like it anymore, consider donating to a place like the Salvation Army. This way, your old bra will not only be avoiding the landfills, but it will also go to someone who really needs it.

Sewing Supplies to Help You Make a Bra Purse, Herb Pouch, or Lingerie

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      How smart you are! Talk about creative! Lol. I bet you could make a great art project with a beautiful bra and a glue gun! One of Madonna's rhinestone studded bras was stolen and has never been found, I was just reading about that a couple days ago - so that popped into mind.

      I love the recycling aspect of it too!

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      Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Daniella, a very creative hub. It's unfortunate that being a man, I really don't have a use for it, but I can pass it along to the women I know. LOL! Voted up! :)

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      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Thanks Kelly! A rhinestone studded bra hanging up as wall art would be awesome! lolololol

      @Ray: Thanks for the vote and the comment, even though this hub isn't very useful for you. =P

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Some good ideas. Enjoyed reading your hub.

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      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Thanks Moonlake :) Glad you enjoyed.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Something very unique and unheard before. I got good idea what to do next time when I have an old bra.

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      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Awesome Ruchi!

      @Penny: You are very welcome and thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      A bra purse would be pretty funny. I know a teenager who would like the idea but would never be able to wear the purse outside where people would see it and guess what it was originally.

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      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 5 years ago from Arkansas

      I've actually seen some bra purses that were so well done you actually couldn't tell that they had originally been a bra. It just takes some crafting savvy. :D

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Very clever and I love it! I am already invisioning ideas for my plain bras like adding dainty satin ribbons, rhinestones, vintage lace...oh boy, what fun this will be. I am so into recycling! Thank you so very much for this wonderful hub and please write more like this. voted a big up!

      vocalcoach~

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      Jennifer 5 years ago

      I work with a great group of ladies making quilts for those that are less fortunate. We cut up old bras to fashion handles for the quilts that also keep them rolled up when they aren't being used. We are always in need of old bras for our project. If anyone is looking for a great way to reuse and recycle their old bras, please email us at: Quilts4homeless@yahoo.com

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      ATrend 4 years ago

      If you garden they'll make great slings for pumpkins, gourds and such as they grow!

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      ATrend 4 years ago

      ...the true meaning of melon holder. lol

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      Jessica 4 years ago

      Awful a bra purse! The rest, are great ideas. But not a bra for a purse. YUCK!

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      bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

      I like turning mine into slingshots for the kids. Of course, I usually remove the underwires first...one ricochet snap, and there goes an eyeball.

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      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 2 years ago from Arkansas

      Hah! What a neat idea, bethperry! I'm sure my kids would love that.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Here I am again. I can't believe it's been 2 years since I read this helpful hub. Thanks.

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      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 2 years ago from Arkansas

      Hi vocalcoach! Welcome back! Thanks for popping back by!

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