I may be a little behind in the bluejean recycling bandwagon but I wanted to share this because I found it very interesting. When my boyfriend and I went to lunch the other day I saw this in the restaurant. (see photo)
“This store is insulated with recycled bluejeans.” Wow, super cool. Now that’s putting your old jeans to good use. As I started researching this more I found that there are many companies now offering this green insulation and Cotton Incorporated has a program that they established to collect bluejeans and use it as insulation. The program is called Cotton from Blue to Green and they collect denim from across the country and have amazing stories of how children have collected thousands of pairs of jeans to make a difference.
“The Cotton. From Blue to Green.®denim drive is a call-to-action to donate denim and give it “new life” by converting it into UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation. The insulation is then provided to communities in need to assist with building efforts. UltraTouch™ is composed of 85% recycled cotton fibers and is an environmentally safe, non-itch insulation without carcinogenic warnings, formaldehyde or chemical irritants. It provides exceptional thermal performance and acoustically provides 30% better sound absorption than traditional fiberglass insulation. In addition, it is one of the only insulating products that contain an active mold/mildew inhibitor.”
So if cutting jeans into shorts didn’t work out, or if they did but just don’t want them anymore, your old bluejeans can become green.