17 Oct '11, 6pm

Japanese companies turn bras into fuel

Japanese companies turn bras into fuel

The whole "feminists burn their bras" thing is kind of a canard , but now you can do it for real and for an equally good cause. Japanese lingerie manufacturers are collecting bras and recycling them into solid fuel. It's been pretty successful , too: Triumph has collected more than 200,000 bras since it began the program in 2009 and turned them into 14 tons of [refuse paper and plastic] fuel. Wacoal has collected more than 179,200 bras and produced 17.9 tons of the fuel. Apparently Japanese women are powerfully bashful about the task of disposing of worn-out underclothes -- which makes more sense when you know that many municipalities in Japan require you to put trash in a transparent bag and leave it at a public pick-up point. Women apparently feel weird about being all "HERE'S MY OLD BRA, WORLD," and who can blame them. The bra-recycling program spares them the embarrass...

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Japan Recycles Used Bras Into Fuel

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