Against Breast Cancer – Recycle Your Bras!February 27, 2012
Recently I read an article that suggested women are hoarding their bras, building up their collections – most of which remain unworn – simply because they refuse to get a proper bra fitting.
Quite possibly there’s some truth to this. Before I knew my real bra size, I owned numerous bras in countless incorrect sizes, thinking they were just badly made, or the wrong shape for me. Years later, I realised what an enormous hoard I had, and I was only wearing about 25% of them. I decided that my bra stash was getting ridiculous, and wanted to do something useful with them them…recycle. I bundled them up and sent them to a bra charity.
I think the time has come again; I very much need to sort through my collection and recycle my abandoned bras, and so should you girls!
My charity of choice this time round, is the very noble and worthy Against Breast Cancer.
Breast cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK, with 1 in 8 women being at risk. In the UK in 2008, almost 47,700 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, which is around 130 women a day. This is where Against Breast Cancer’s groundbreaking research comes in.
Against Breast Cancer need to raise approx. £1million per year to fund their research team at the University of London. They are a small charity in their 20th year, and rather than spend money on advertising campaigns, they choose to use their donations to study new ways that could help doctors identify and treat breast cancer faster and more effectively.
Their Diet & Lifestyle study is the largest of its kind in the world; it has recruited 3390 breast cancer patients from 56 hospitals throughout the UK, and monitors the woman, her tumour, her response to the tumour and her environment.
As they do not receive any government funding, Against Breast Cancer relies on us women to send in our unwanted bras. They receive £1000 per tonne – that’s a lot of bras!
It costs them £50 just to analyse a blood sample, so they need all the help they can get, and we should be doing all we can to help them.
There are many ways to get your bras to ABC – you can post them to the following address: Against Breast Cancer, Leathem House, 13 Napier Court, Barton Lane, Abingdon, OX14 3YT (and mark your package ‘Recycling Scheme’), or simply find a Bra Bank near you where you can drop them off. They will soon be posting a list of Bra Bank locations, but for the meantime, you can find more information here.
So come on ladies, let’s do something good – it’s time for an underwear drawer spring clean, and don’t forget to get properly fitted!