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Remodeling Trends: Denim Insulation

Posted: 28 October 2015

Ever wondered what to do with your favorite denim jeans when you finally decide they are too worn to wear and are ready to toss them in the trash? Well, maybe they can end up keeping someone warm in a different way.


denim insulationA blue colored insulation is made of 90% post consumer recycled natural fibers (denim and cotton).

Where most fiberglass insulations contain formaldehyde, denim insulation is non-itch, and contains no carcinogenic warnings, VOCs or chemical irritants.


It provides exceptional thermal performance and acoustically provides 30% better sound absorption than traditional fiberglass insulation. In addition, it is one of the only insulating products that contain an active mold/mildew inhibitor, and it meets the highest testing standards for fire and smoke ratings, fungi resistance and corrosiveness. Learn more about Bonded Logic insulation.


Recycling campaigns have taken place in universities around the country to collect denim for recycling purposes.  The Gap’s “Recycle Your Blues” campaign collected more than 360,000 pairs of denim jeans, which was used to create fiber insulation for nearly 700 homes.  The insulation was donated to Habitat for Humanity affiliates in communities that had been affected by natural disasters, such as the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina. As 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it imposed on the Gulf South, the program is honored to be commemorating this anniversary by having participated in a 10-day, 10-home Build-A-Thon on America Street in New Orleans East from May 20 – May 30. Each home received insulation from the denim recycling program.


We recently completed a project, turning an oversized single bedroom into two children’s rooms, where we utilized the denim insulation as a sound barrier in the new interior dividing walls. While at the present time denim insulation has a cost differential of up to 3x the cost of traditional fiberglass, making it cost prohibitive for a whole home project, it is being used more widely each year in Habitat for Humanity Homes.


So, even if the cost difference keeps you from utilizing this product in your next remodeling project, know that you can still “go green” by recycling those worn out jeans. Recycling denim into insulation can keep someone warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. One way to contribute is to  to the program directly.


Here's another recycling campaign - Fabric of our Lives with a video showing the denim insulation being installed.



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