1. Cottonseed is planted from early February to mid-May and the matured fluffy, white bolls are harvested from September through December
4. Yarns are combined to form a continuous “rope” and many ropes are fed into multiple indigo dyeing baths.
6. Large rolls of finished denim fabric are shipped to the garment manufacturer and assorted denim garments are created for sale at retail. When ready to add the newest denim styles to a wardrobe, old denim can be recycled and put to good use.
9. The reprocessed fiber is treated with a borate solution for fire retardency and mold/mildew resistance. Borate has a lower toxicity than table salt, making it safe for people and their environment. The manufacturing process for creating UltraTouch™ Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation is now underway.
Many colleges and universities have decided to cooperate with Cotton From Blue To Green by having donation events. My school, SUNY ESF, will be hosting such an event on October 29th. This will take place on the quad and is called “Drop Your Jeans”. They will be taking donations and snapping photos of you “dropping your jeans” so you can share them on Facebook!!!
- Recycled Denim Insulation Nonprofit Grant Offered by Levi Strauss (green-talk.com)
- Gap Revives Denim-to-Insulation Program (fastcompany.com)
- Carhartt Donates 6,000 Pair of Jeans to the University of Kentucky MAT Club for Their COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN . Denim Drive (prnewswire.com)
- GAP – Recycle your Blues (go-green.ae)
- The Gap helps you put old blue jeans to good green use (mnn.com)
- Gap Invites You to ‘Recycle Your Blues’ to Support Cotton Incorporated’s ‘COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN. ‘ Denim Drive (prnewswire.com)
- “Recycle Your Blues- Gap x Cotton Inc” and related posts (thelipstickdiaries.com)
- Recycle Old Jeans for a Good Cause (doyourpart.com)