Old Jeans Don’t Fade Away But Find New Life as Recycled Material

by | Oct 28, 2013 | Blog, Green / Sustainability Ideas | 0 comments


If you’re like most people, you throw away your blue jeans when they wear out. But one company is turning blue into green, by recycling old jeans for insulation material.


Made of Natural Materials

Bonded Logic of Chandler, Ariz., manufactures UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber insulation. Made from 85% recycled denim and cotton fibers, the material is treated with a natural borate mineral solution that is mold and fire resistant. It receives the highest insulation perfomance rating. Even better, it contains no Volatile Organic Compounds or formaldehydes and won’t irritate the skin.

The Academy of Science building in San Francisco is one structure that has utilized the material. The Academy enthusiastically touts the benefits of the product.


Better Than Fiberglass

“Recycled denim insulation holds more heat and absorbs sound better than spun Fiberglas insulation,” it notes in a statement. “It is also safer to handle. Even when denim insulation is treated with fire retardants and fungicides to prevent mildew, it is still easier to work with and doesn’t require installers to wear protective clothing or respirators.”

In sum, consider blue jeans more than just a fashion blessing but an environmental one as well.


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