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Adrian Grenier Goes Green With Jean: Recycle Jeans for Insulation

by Sheri Reed on April 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM


Adrian Grenier

Adrian Grenier show his recycled jean insulation


Entourage star Adrian Grenier used recycled jeans to insulate his eco home in Brooklyn.

But recycling jeans isn't just for superstars. Now your kids can recycle old jeans and break a Guinness World Record!



(photo by Joseph Maida, via Browstoner)


CafeMom caryndavidson wrote in to tell me National Geographic Kids magazine is asking readers around the world to donate old jeans to set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Collection of Clothes to Recycle.

After officials record the final tally, National Geographic Kids will donate the jeans to the Cotton. From Blue to Green.® denim drive, which gives denim a second life by recycling it into insulation for use in restoring or rebuilding homes damaged by hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters.

This sounds like a great way to get your kids involved in doing something good for the planet—and they can clean out their closets at the same time! Hey, toss in a pair or two of your old pairs of jeans too.

Be a green superstar! Check out National Geographic Kids for details on where to send your jeans. Jeans must be received by June 30, 2009!

Filed Under: going green, green guide


  • roach...


    April 16, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    I use a lot of jeans in my crafting.  I am always on the lookout for bag sales and other great deals to get them to use. 

  • rosei...


    April 16, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    this is great, thanks!

  • KatyGirl
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    April 17, 2009 at 4:06 PM
    Here's the thing, what about jeans being made from organic material..?? Organic is great for us to eat, but in my walls for insulation? No, if it gets wet and is made out of organic material, you have now created the perfect environment for mold to grow. Mold is designed to breakdown organic material in nature, that is it's role, so I can't understand how this is a healthy alternative? I am not convinced.
  • Cafe...

    Cafe Sheri

    April 17, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Good question, KatyGirl. From what I've read (which isn't a ton...), this new green and jean insulation process includes treating the jean fibers with a non-toxic, boron-based fire retardant, which is also said to reduce pests, mold, and fungus. They claim it's less toxic than table salt and requires minimal energy to manufacture. *Sounds* good if all that is true.

    I'm all for trying the new green methodologies. As with anything new, I'm sure there will be plenty of kinks to work out along the way though. So glad people like you are using their smarts to figure these things out though. I know most of it is over my head.

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