Since they’re usually worn under clothes, bras may not serve as the best billboard for your eco-message. Nonetheless, the bra’s inspired many inspiring and wacky eco-ideas over the years. Here’s five of them at a glance:
. Dubbed My Chopsticks Bra
, this concept bra from Japan encourages people to reuse their chopsticks by carrying reusable ones in a Japanese meal-themed bra. Each bra cup each depict a bowl — rice in the right, miso in the left — and collapsible chopsticks tuck into a small pocket on the side. Yum!
Conceived by the same company as the chopsticks bra, this recycled-polyester bra — called “No! Shopping Bag Bra
” — unfolds into a handy shopping bag. You’ll have to do some tricky maneuvering to actually take advantage of the bra’s multifunctionality though.
. Wanna charge up while laying out at the beach? This iPod-charging, beer-cooling bra also comes with a bottom to complete the electrifying solar bikini set. Part of designer Andrew Schneider
’s iDrink swimwear project, this bikini boasts 1″ x 4″ photovoltaic film strips sewn together in series with conductive thread” plus a USB connection.
. The toughest-looking eco-bra of the bunch is the Pink Tab Bikini Top
, made of upcycled soda tabs, gutter guard, dryer vents, and rivets by artist Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch. Wearable? Probably not, but pretty cool-looking! (via Visible Trash
DIY plastic bag bra
. Ready to make your own smart and strange eco-bra? The BBC’s got detailed instructions on how to upcycle a supermarket plastic bag into a bra. Unfortunately, this bra’s more decorative than functional, though perhaps useful as part of a Halloween getup.
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