Spring Cleaning: What to do with Old Worn Jeans?

I love my jeans. I didn’t wear jeans between the ages of 5 and 15, so for one decade I was missing out on the magic that is denim. During my sophomore year Spring Break, my friend Chi dragged me to some cutesy little store in the mall and made me buy two pairs of jeans. It changed my life. Denim is now part of my everyday, but eventually, all of my denim gets holes, right between the thighs, because I wear them almost everyday and I don’t have a thigh gap.

I have always wondered what to do with my old jeans. I couldn’t donate them because they had holes and were unwearable. I considered offering them to a friend who made random scrap stuff with them, but it seemed weird. My Dad was bored once and made a pillow with a pair of old jeans. However, most of the time, they ended up in a bag headed to the dump because I didn’t know what else to do with them. Now I have found a solution.

Blue Jeans Go Green. Denim Recycling.

Now there is a company that is taking old denim jeans in turns them into insulation.

Their tag line is: No matter who you are, you can make a difference.

That caught my eye right then and there.

Their brief summary of their program idea is: By recycling worn denim into insulation, the Blue Jeans Go GreenTM program keeps textile waste out of landfills and helps with building efforts in communities around the country.

I wish I had found out about this program years ago when I first started tossing my denim into landfills. I never really thought about how many pounds of textiles end up in landfills, and how much waste that is. So I am glad to have found a new home for all my old denim.

It takes between 500-1,000 pairs of denim to make enough insulation for the average 2300sqft home. It might seem like a lot, but if you consider just how many pairs of denim you might throw away over the years, it can add up quickly if you consider your neighbors, friends, and co-workers doing the same thing.

Blue Jeans Go Green, makes the donation process easy. Just print the label and ship in your own worn denim and help a community in need. They donate a portion of their insulation to Habitat for Humanity affiliates and Civic building projects.

Since I am building a new home this summer, I am now considering using post-consumer recycled denim insulation for my home specifically because it is:

  • Environmentally safe, non-itch insulation
  • No carcinogenic warnings, formaldehyde, or chemical irritants
  • Extraordinary thermal performance
  • 30% better sound absorption than traditional fiberglass insulation
  • Contains active mold/mildew inhibitor

Out with the old fiberglass stuff and in with the new denim post consumer recycled products!

And maybe just maybe, some of my old denim that were part of many amazing memories will be part of the hearth of my home.

So one Earth Day Project for 2016 is down… donating denim to Blue Jeans Go Green to help reduce my contribution to landfills.

Currently there is a promotions in conjunction with the Blue Jeans Go Green project where you can recycle your old jeans and get a discount on a new pair at Madewell stores. This saves on shipping, and you can pick up a new pair to replace the old one right there. Promotion ends 12/31/2016. To learn more about this promotion or other ways to send in your old denim, Click Here.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s