What do you do with your old underwear?
The British government is backing a campaign which encourages people to recycle their underwear rather than throw it away. A study has shown that while most people give away old clothes such as shirts, trousers and jackets, they are too shy to do so with pants, bras or socks. These items are valuable too: it may be unlikely that someone else will want to wear them, but they can be re-used in other ways. The materials can be used in manufacturing. The charity Oxfam, has also launched a ‘Big Bra Hunt’ to collect old bras to raise funds for developing countries. So, there is really no excuse for not giving your undies a second life.
Read by Annette
Study the words
Underwear– items worn under clothing (pants, bras etc)
Throw away– dispose of, put in the trash
Give away– pass on to another person
Shy– timid, embarrassed
Bras– brassieres (woman’s undergarment)
Unlikely– not probable
Someone else– another person
Raise funds– collect money
Undies– colloquial term for underwear
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Do the takeaway test: recycle your underwear
- UK & World News: Wearing second-hand pants can save the planet, claim government advisers (dailyrecord.co.uk)