The Bra Recyclers Partner With Free The Girls To Recycle Bras Back Into The Community

Top Quote The Bra Recyclers and Free The Girls have partnered. Together the two like minded organizations are proving that something as small as a bra can change a woman in need's life. End Quote
  • Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (1888PressRelease) May 01, 2013 - The Bra Recyclers have partnered with Free The Girls to help recycle gently used bras back into the community. This partnership will allow the two like-minded organizations to combine resources to ensure that women in need throughout the United States have a properly fitting bra, an item many women take for granted. Through this partnership, The Bra Recyclers and Free The Girls are demonstrating one bra at a time that bras can change the lives of women globally.

    The Bra Recyclers learned about Free The Girls after from one of their Bra Recycling Ambassadors. The Bra Recyclers CEO, Elaine Birks Mitchell, commented on the new partnership stating, "We were very excited to learn about another organization that understands the importance and value of a bra in a woman's life. As I learned more about Free The Girls' program in Africa from Melissa Swearingen, a Free The Girls Board Member shared that the women in the program preferred to receive smaller-sized bras. Their dilemma was that they received quite a few larger-sized bras from women across the US. Ironically enough the majority of requests we receive from US shelters are for larger sizes (38 and up). So, this was an excellent opportunity to create a partnership to recycle gently used and new bras back into our community. In addition, if bras cannot be worn then they can be recycled."

    As a result of this partnership, Free The Girls will re-route these larger sized bras to domestic violence shelters and transitional housing facilities domestically via The Bra Recyclers. Free the Girls anticipates this to amount to approximately a quarter of their inventory. In 2012, Free The Girls collected over 35,000 bras.

    Free The Girls also commented about what partnering with The Bra Recyclers means for them. "Free the Girls is very excited about our new partnership with the Bra Recyclers. Our primary mission is to provide sustainable employment opportunities to women rescued from sex trafficking. This new partnership really means two things for us. First, it provides us a way to make sure all the bras donated to our program are utilized for the greatest good. That includes redistributing and recycling bras which, because of the bras' size or poor condition, would not otherwise be resalable by the women in our Mozambique programs. In addition, it puts Free the Girls in a position to receive donations of overstock inventory from bra manufacturers that might otherwise go into landfills. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Free the Girls is always looking for ways to maximize our resources and this partnership allows us to do just that by only shipping bras overseas that can be resold," Board Member Melissa Swearingen said.

    Currently The Bra Recyclers support a network of over 70 charity connections across the United States and Africa. Recycled bras help give women in domestic violence and homeless shelters the encouragement they need on their journey to self-sufficiency.

    For more information about The Bra Recyclers, including information on how you can join the Bra-Volution or upcoming events, please visit

    About The Bra Recyclers:
    The Bra Recyclers is based in Gilbert, AZ. A textile recycling company specializing in recycling bras, the organization does its part to help the environment by delaying the amount of unused bras and textiles that go to landfills, thus reducing the pressure on virgin resources. For more information, visit

    About Free The Girls:
    Founded in 2010, Free The Girls partners with safe houses and after care facilities to provide an opportunity for women rescued from sex trafficking to earn a living by selling gently used bras and other second-hand clothing. This allows survivors the chance to get healthy, go to school and care for their families. For more information, visit

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