Elaine Birks-Mitchell



Elaine Birks-Mitchell

The Bra Recyclers

Elaine Birks-Mitchell is the CEO and Founder of The Bra Recyclersâ, LLC. Established in 2008, The Bra Recyclers is a social enterprise and a leader in the textile recycling industry focused on reusing and recycling bras and other women’s lingerie products. In partnership with our Bra Recycling Ambassadors around the world, we have donated over 3 million bras to women and girls escaping domestic violence and human trafficking, which reduces the number of bras unnecessarily going to our landfills. It is amazing how something as simple as a bra can mean so much to a woman or girl in transition. We believe if you give a woman a bra and the necessary support, she will reshape her life and those around her.


The Bra Recyclers has been featured in national and international publications and media, highlighting its unique recycling initiative that brings hope to those in the transition while also helping our environment. Media highlights include Hallmark Channel, Huffington Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, Earth 911, USA Today, Women’s Day, Glamour, CNN, and the Today Show, just to name a few. The Bra Recyclersâ was also named by The Phoenix Magazine, as Best Alternative Recycling Program. Additionally, The Bra Recyclers received the honor of being a nominee for the Phoenix Women’s Magazine Women of Excellence Award and received the NAACP Humanitarian Award.


Elaine Birks-Mitchell has over 25 years of experience as a Senior IT Project Manager and Senior Business Analyst in the Information Technology industry. She received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University in Financial Planning from the school of Consumer and Family Sciences and her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of St. Catherine.  She has been a board member with SMART (Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles) Association and was Chairperson for the State of AZ Recycling Advisory Committee. She is currently a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance. Elaine volunteers with the Arizona Women’s Partnership on the Grant Review Committee, Living Word Bible Church, H.E.M.P Legacy Foundation, and is a Community Ambassador for the Phoenix Chapter of the Junior League and a number of other organizations that focus on women transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency.