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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Rotary installs charity bra bank at health centre

                   * The Rotary Club's bra bin at Llangollen Health centre.

Vale of Llangollen Rotary has been collecting sacks full of unwanted bras from the Against Breast Cancer Bra Banks in Llangollen and Chirk.

Their aim is to keep the expensive textiles out of landfill for the recycle value of the textile of £700 per tonne for the charity. 

The collection of unloved or ill-fitting bras is one of the Rotary Club's environmental and international projects.

The club has moved the Bra Banks from Stans Nisa Store and the Co-op in Llangollen and has just installed one at Llangollen Health Centre in Bishops Walk.

You will find the pink Against Breast Cancer Bra Bank bin near the doors where bras can be deposited. 

The club says it doesn't matter what condition the bra is in - it is still wanted provided it is laundered. 

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 African countries such as Togo, Ghana and Kenya. 

Here the bales are bought by the African women to resell as small businesses for them 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. 

The recycling company are donating £700 to cancer research for every tonne of bras collected, that's only 9,000 bras! 

The Vale of Llangollen Rotary says it is ready to welcome individuals and couples of 18+ from the local community who want to be people of action.  

The club normally meets face-to-face at Liberty Tavern in Market Street, Llangollen on Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Alternatively, people can join the meeting from wherever they are via the club's Zoom account connection.

* For more information on the club, contact Mike Lade on 07803 038858, or see

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