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From Fashion to Architecture — Denim is Ubiquitous.

Recycling & Upcycling Your Favorite Jeans!

Recycling & Upcycling Your Favorite Jeans!

Denim has been around for ages and is one of the most versatile materials out there. It's durable, it's easy to work with and looks good on everyone (if you've got the right jeans). So when you're ready to move on from your favorite pair of jeans and they're still in good condition but don't fit anymore, what do you do with them? You recycle them!


Reusing this beloved fabric allows us to be creative and resourceful, reducing our impact on the planet. Let's make the most of our denim and find new ways to use it for years to come.


How denim is being repurposed and transformed into new building materials and innovative products.

  1. Denim insulation: denim insulation is a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional insulation. It's made from recycled denim and is free of formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals.

  2. Recycled denim building panels: Companies are using recycled denim to create insulation panels and soundproofing materials for buildings.

  3. Blue-jean insulation batts: Companies have developed insulation batts made from recycled denim, which provide excellent thermal and acoustic performance.

  4. Denimcrete: Denimcrete is a material made from recycled denim and cement, which can be used as a lightweight and durable alternative to traditional concrete.

  5. Denim composite materials: Companies are creating composite materials by combining recycled denim with other materials, such as plastic or wood, to create strong and durable building materials.

  6. Blue jean sound panels: Recycled denim is being used to create acoustic panels that absorb sound, making them ideal for use in noisy environments like music studios.

  7. Denim furniture: Furniture designers are using recycled denim to create unique and stylish pieces, such as chairs and sofas, that are both eco-friendly and durable.

We love seeing these kinds of projects because they make us think about how much we can do with something that was once just an article of clothing!

 

Keeping them out of landfill and supporting our health and well-being.

As mentioned before, denim is used for building insulation and acoustic purposes. Because cotton is a natural, sustainable fiber, your old denim can be kept out of a landfill and given a new life. The naturally bio-degradable material, predominantly woven on handlooms, is a fabric with inherently higher frequencies — helping support our health and well-being.


Improved Indoor Air Quality – Denim insulation doesn’t contain any formaldehyde or volatile organic compounds, which are known to “off-gas” and contribute to indoor air pollution. Beyond being “green” and healthy, denim offers many key advantages for insulation, from being durable, but also for having a superior soundproofing ability. There are many advantages to denim insulation but it also comes with a few drawbacks. One is that it is more costly, and it needs a vapor barrier.


Photo by Green Elemental

 

More reading on denim in architecture.

 

Learn how you can recycle your denim.

Here is a resource that can help you recycle your favorite denim. Blue Jeans Go Green

Photo by Blue Jeans Go Green

 

Learn more on Recycled Materials – Check out our blog “Saved From The Landfill!”

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