Denim Drive for Insulation

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Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat) will be collecting denim to be turned into insulation until February 4, 2017. In collaboration with the Blue Jeans Go GreenTM project and Cotton Incorporated Company, denim collected in Teton County, WY and Teton Valley, ID will be processed into UltraTouchTM insulation and used in Teton Habitat for Humanity homes in Alpine, WY.

Americans throw away over 25 billion pounds of textiles every year1. By giving your denim, you’re turning would-be waste into much-needed insulation. It’s a win-win. Ever since Cotton Incorporated started the Blue Jeans Go GreenTM program in 2006, over one million pieces of denim has been diverted from landfills and over two million square feet of UltraTouchTM Denim Insulation has been generated. The recycling process happens in four simple steps.

Step One:  Denim begins life in its natural state: cotton. The cotton is first harvested then spun, woven, and prepared for garment manufacturers to craft into denim.

Step Two: The denim is then purchased by consumers like you. It provides you with protection, comfort, and memories!

Step Three: Recycle, once you have worn out your denim give it to Teton Habitat! The denim collected in our community is then joined by millions of pounds of other textile waste being diverted from landfills.

Step Four: The denim is then processed and returned to the natural cotton fiber state and upcycled into denim insulation.

The denim collected in our community will be turned into insulation for Teton Habitat’s current project in Alpine Meadows. The two homes being constructed are set to be completed in May, 2017. Drop off locations for Denim included: Teton Habitat ReStore, Teton County Recycling Center, JH Bootlegger, Altitude, and Teton Geotourism Center in Driggs, ID. Email elizabeth@tetonhabitat.org for more details or questions.

  1. EPA 2009 FEDERAL MSW waste study 3.8 billion lbs. recovered divided by 2011 US Census Population