Vale of Llangollen Rotary has collected three plastic sacks full of unwanted bras from SPAR Chirk, keeping the expensive textiles out of landfill for the recycle value of the textile of £700 per tonne for Against Breast Cancer.   This collecting of unloved or ill-fitting bras is one of the Rotary clubs Environmental and International projects.

Mike Lade from Llangollen Rotary said, “You will find the pink Against Breast Cancer Bra Bank bins near the doors of SPAR Chirk where they can be deposited. It does not matter what condition the bra is in – we still want it but laundered is good please. This initiative also helps support the Against Breast Cancer charity in the UK and helps families in Africa!

“The collected bras go to a recycling company in the UK to get sorted and baled to start a new life in Africa such as Togo, Ghana and Kenya. Here the bales are bought by the African women to resell as small businesses for the women to support their families by selling the bras in the marketplaces.

“Many of the bras are resalable as they are. Some are taken apart by the African women and remade as cottage industries. The ones that are not reusable in the sorting process in the UK are broken down and recycled as cotton waste and metal. Everyone is a winner.

“Against Breast Cancer have teamed up with a UK recycling company who help small businesses in Africa. The recycling company are donating £700 to cancer research for every tonne of bras collected, that’s only 9,000 bras! With over 30 million women in the UK you could really help make a difference!”

The Vale of Llangollen Rotary is ready to welcome individuals and couples of 18+ from the local community who want to be “people of action”.  We normally meet face-to-face, at the Liberty Tavern, 20 Market Street, Llangollen on Monday evenings at 7.30pm and meet in the bar. Alternatively, people can join the meeting from wherever they are via our Zoom account connection.

For more information on what their new style of Rotary has to offer contact Mike Lade on 07803 038858, or see