Q. Is there somewhere I can send my old, ripped jeans for recycling? I've seen home insulation made from denim, but don’t know how to donate. – Kristina, NJ
A. There is indeed. 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 J Brand's new green line. Nothing comes between you and your sustainable slacks.
Story by Tobin Hack. This article originally appeared in Plenty in November 2008. The story was added to MNN.com.