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From co-founder Gale Epstein’s very first designs using repurposed handkerchiefs, sustainability has been a core value for Hanky Panky’s 4+ decades in business. Unlike nearly every other category of clothing made, worn underwear cannot be accepted for reuse. Lingerie fabrics can last for decades before biodegrading. With all this in mind, we are proud to announce Lingeriecycle™, our new sustainability initiative to help divert worn out and no longer wearable items from landfills. Even though there are processing costs, it is an expense that Hanky Panky is covering for our customers in order to take responsibility for our products. It is the right thing to do for the planet. We hope that in the future, all brands and retailers will take responsibility for the entire lifecycle of the items they sell, and we are proud to lead the way for the lingerie industry to transition into a sustainable future.

**Please note that this item is unavailable to ship until June. Due to interruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis, receipt of the Lingeriecyle envelopes at the recycling plant have been temporarily suspended.

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Recycled underwear? What happens to items sent for recycling?
Items are finely shredded. Metal items such as underwires and hooks are separated out by magnets and sent to a metal recycler. Fabric components are ultimately converted into carpet padding.


Can I mail items for recycling in my own envelope or box?
NO!  Each proprietary envelope has been issued a waste management permit for recycling and these permits are not transferable to other envelopes or packages. Single use only.


What if I need more envelopes?
With any order, you may request up to 5 envelopes at no cost to you. To receive additional envelopes, please click Lingeriecycle Envelopes and add quantity to cart.


Can I include other items to be recycled?
This program is for BRAS and PANTIES ONLY, but you may include any brand.


Do I need to wash everything first?
Please be considerate and send items that have been laundered.


OK, my Lingeriecycle™ envelope is full and ready to go! How much will it cost to mail my envelope?
The envelopes will have varying weights depending on what is enclosed. We cannot accurately estimate postage costs. You may either take your envelope to the post office or if you have access to a small scale, you may use the USPS postage calculator here.


Can I donate bras to the homeless?
We highly encourage you to donate gently worn bras to your local homeless or women’s shelter or to national organization such as Support the Girls
The Lingeriecyle™ initiative is for intimate apparel items unsuitable for donation either for hygiene reasons (worn panties) or because they are worn out and no longer serviceable.


Learn more about our collaborator, B.R.A. Recycling Agency at