How to Recycle Blue Jeans

Got a pile of old, ripped jeans in need of recycling? You might have heard about home insulation made from denim, but don’t know how to donate.

Well Bonded Logic makes insulation out of old denim, proof of which is that Newsweek profile of Adrian Grenier. The tree-hugging “Entourage” star is caught posing suggestively in front of his recycled jeans wall at his eco home in Brooklyn. Hot.

Most of the fabric Bonded Logic uses comes from factory floors, but some does come from jeans-wearing consumers, as well. Send yours to Green Jeans Insulation, at this address:

Fair Indigo Denim Drive
c/o Green Jeans Insulation Inc.
1109 W. Milwaukee St.
Stoughton, WI 53589

Once you’ve got the old things off your hands, consider replacing them with sustainable, organic ones. The denim industry—what with all that toxic blue dye, stone washing, and chemical-intensive cotton—has been known to really do a number on rivers, soil, and Mama earth at large. Fortunately, enough companies are now making sustainable jeans that you can green your pants without sacrificing style. We love Sling and Stones and J Brand‘s new green line. Nothing comes between you and your sustainable slacks.

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By Tobin Hack, Plenty magazine


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W3 years ago


Sarah D.
Sarah D4 years ago

I wish i was better at sewing so i could learn to make new clothing out of old clothing. They should have classes to teach these things because very few people know how to anymore. I'm 15 and i feel like my generation has lost that among other things (like a good taste in music :P)

Ana P Martinez
Ana Martinez4 years ago

Thanks for info!

Kath R.
Kath P5 years ago

I wish that "green" clothing would drop in price.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Jamie F.
Jamie F.5 years ago

This no longer works - my package was returned...they are no longer accepting jeans. Do we know if GAP is planning on doing another collection?

Moses Kasisami
Moses Kasisami6 years ago


Patricia B.
Patricia Bucio6 years ago

Buen artículo

Patricia B.
Patricia Bucio6 years ago

Buen artículo

Mary Winter
Mary Winter6 years ago

I have made several quilts out of old jeans. They are great as gifts for teens and for students heading off to college. They wear well,
and are very warm.