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Students Set up Innovative Recycling Campaign

This week (5-9 12.11) the Students’ Union in Bangor set up a new, innovative recycling campaign, targeting bras!

Clothing is often forgotten about as a recyclable resource, even more so in the case of underwear, which many charity shops will not even accept to re-use. The Students’ Union noticed this gap in the recycling market and working with Oxfam, are running a campaign called ‘Bangor’s Bras for Africa’ to collect old and unused bras, keep them out of landfill, and give them a new life in the developing world.

Oxfam describe how “Bras are complex to manufacture so very few developing countries have the facilities to make their own.  For this reason, second hand bras are a valuable commodity.  In fact, they are the single most desirable item of clothing.  In particular British bras are seen as very high quality and are much sought after.”

So between the 2nd-9th Dec we’ll be holding a ‘Bra Bank’ week and collecting your old bras to donate to Oxfam who’ll get them out to where they are needed in the developing world.
You can find donation boxes at Academi Shop, Students’ Union, Maes Glas, Bar Uno, Fridd Shop & Y Bistro.Between the 2nd-9th December Student Union run bra donation boxes will be available at the Academi Shop, the Students’ Union building, Maes Glas Sports Centre, Bar Uno, Friddoedd Shop  and Y Bistro café on the Normal site.

The Students’ Union already has plans for more collection weeks and other recycling projects for the future.

Publication date: 6 December 2011