National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® & Bra in a Box
We're thrilled to have signed a partnership agreement with National Breast Cancer Foundation,Inc.® (NBCF)! We will be donating 10% of our total sales during the month of October 2019 to NBCF to help women currently battling this crippling disease.
Bra in a Box is all about breast health, so this partnership is an obvious one . . . we have also been personally touched by this disease. We chose to partner with NBCF because this organization focuses on bringing supportive resources to women fighting breast cancer. NBCF’s mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. All money donated by Bra in a Box will go towards supporting this mission!
Recycle Your Nipcos with Bra in a Box + Terracycle
Bra in a Box's Nipcos are made from non-toxic medical grade silicone and are 100% recyclable. The problem is, you can't recycle them in the standard blue bins we use for other household recyclables! Bra in a Box cares about the environment and we are concerned that our product is NOT biodegradable.
We decided to partner with Terracycle, a company that can recycle our silicone Nipcos through their Zero Waste Box program. This will keep our Nipcos out of landfills.
Nipco subscribers will recieve a prepaid envelope in each shipment in which they can send their used Nipcos back to us for recycling. Now you can enjoy the freedom and comfort of wearing Nipcos AND know you are not negatively impacting our environment.
Not a Nipco subscriber? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange to send you an envelope to return your Nipcos for recycling.
Read below to learn more about the negative impact traditional bras have on our environment.
Surprise! Your Traditional Bras Negatively Impact the Environment
Traditional bras as we know them have been worn by women since the early 1900s. In a recent Stanford University Student White Paper, Science Management & Engineering student, Valerie Przekop, sheds light on how traditional bras impact the global environment. Key points on the environmental impact as well as a compelling question for women are excerpted below.
While many women leave their old bras to rot in landfills, the production of the bras is potentially more harmful than their disposal.
- Nylon and elastane are two manmade materials that give the bra its stretchy, comfortable feel. On a global level, these materials are generally agreed to be bad for the environment. The creation of nylon produces a large amount of nitrous oxide and requires considerable amounts of water. Spandex, on the other hand, uses raw materials and toxic chemicals.
- Neither essential materials are biodegradable nor energy efficient. Their use is damaging to the atmosphere and contributes to the growing mass of non-recyclable materials that sit in global landfills for decades.
- Both nylon and elastane are created under conditions that produce and emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. According to “Climate Change: How do we Know?”, an “increased [level] of greenhouse gases must cause the Earth to warm in response” (NASA) because when these gases are emitted, heat is trapped in the atmosphere and global average temperature rises. The production of spandex and elastane both add to the overwhelming amount of greenhouse gases each year, even though countries like China, India, and Japan (Paris Agreement Ratification Tracker) all aim to lower their emissions in order to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2̊ C above pre-industrial levels… [to] significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change”(Meyer).
So why even wear a bra?
- The article “Who Invented the Bra and Why Do Women Wear Them?” touches on this question by first highlighting the fact that “over 90% of American women wear bras without asking why” (Steimle). Wearing a bra has become a tradition for women all over the world, but “there is no medical reason for wearing a bra” because “the human body is well muscled and [does not need] outside support” (Steimle). Steinle’s comments on body musculature prove that bras are a fashion and cultural tradition rather than a necessity.
- Technically, women do not need the support or protection; however, they may prefer their breasts to be held up in a specific position or for their nipples to be covered when wearing certain outfits. As most young girls begin to transition into women, they will put on a bra; they may think it is to protect and support them, but its function is actually to enhance their look and encourage self-confidence.
- More specifically, bras and the politics surrounding them propagate the false belief that women with larger, perkier, and equal-sized breasts are more desirable.