THE Vale of Llangollen Rotary has so far collected three plastic sacks full of unwanted bras from Spar Chirk, helping the environment and raising money. 

This helps to keep the expensive textiles out of landfill, and raises money with £700 being donated to Against Breast Cancer for every tonne of bras.

The collecting of unloved or ill-fitting bras is one of the Rotary clubs Environmental and International projects. This initiative also helps support the Against Breast Cancer charity in the UK and helps families in Africa.


The pink Against Breast Cancer Bra Bank bins can be found near the doors in the Spar. It does not matter what condition the bra is in, it can still be donated but preferably laundered.

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.

The Leader: SPAR team members Nathan Sheil and Jac Gwilliam with the donated bras SPAR team members Nathan Sheil and Jac Gwilliam with the donated bras (Image: Vale of Llangollen Rotary)

Many of the bras are resalable as they are. Some are taken apart by 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 has teamed up with a UK recycling company that helps small businesses in Africa.

The recycling company is donating £700 to cancer research for every tonne of bras collected, which equates to only 9,000 bras!

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

They 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 the Zoom account connection.

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