How to recycle…your old jeans

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In 2001, Levi Strauss & Co. paid $46.5k for a pair of their own jeans! The iconic company purchased the garment, hailing way back from the 1880s. The jeans were made from 9-ounce denim and produced by the Amoskeag Mill in Manchester, NH.

It’s proven that because of the high-demand for jeans, quality is lacking immensely. Indeed, the quality of Levi jeans in comparison to a high street store can vary wildly; going from a thick, long-lasting material to a thin material that rips after a few months of wear, it’s crazy to think that we still pay £30+ for a pair of jeans that aren’t going to last us.

Iconic status

It’s safe to say that we’re very much attached to our jeans, in fact they’ve become an iconic part of our culture. And, if the figures are to be believed their popularity continues to grow.

So although many people might not pay over the odds for a pair of blues, most of us do own a pair. Therefore almost everyone will have to deal with the dreaded decision to move on from that favourite pair, even if they may be barely intact. But what next?

Reuse, re-imagine

From a recycling perspective jean production itself takes up quite a bit of natural resource which means it’s important to think twice before giving them the boot. As a guideline, it takes about 1,500 gallons of water to grow the cotton used to make only one pair.

That said, and with our recycling hat firmly on, why not try giving your ol’ blue jeans a second chance and a new lease of life –

  • Jeans paper – Ever thought of using your old jeans are a novel form of wrapping paper? It’s certainly a fun way to reimagine a new use for your old favourites, and your present be look pretty unique compared to all the others being given to the recipient. Might be an idea to wash ‘em first though!
  • Jeans slippers – Not ideal if you’re going hiking but they’re certainly a hardwearing and comfortable option for around the house. A quick search on the internet will turn up a few patterns and instructions on how to put them to use. You could also repair your old Converse by using tatty jeans for new lining. Again, there are tutorials across the web.
  • Jeans rug – Ok, so this might require a few pairs of jeans depending on what size rug you want to create but it’s a great way to re-use your old faithful’s. There are lots of ways to go about this and you can be as creative as you like!
  • Jeans oven gloves and cushions – Custom make your own pot holders using your old fabric. Creating your own means that you can make them as thick as you like and ensure that when things get hot in the kitchen, your fingers don’t have to. You could also add some personal flair to the sofa with some jeans cushions, unique and pretty cool to boot.
  • Jeans bags – Making a bag is a classic re-use of old denim. With the onset of laws regarding carrier bags, jeans bags-for-life might be a great alternative! Other ideas along this line might include – MP3, iPod or iPhone holder, Cosmetic bag, Mini backpack, Clutch, Pencil bag, Lunch box, Pen pot or even Flip-flops.
  • Barking Up the Right Tree – Maybe you’re worried that your homemade jeans item won’t be appreciated by everyone or particularly the person you made it for? Dogs, cats and other animals love to receive new treasures to toss around or just shred to pieces. Jeans make greats toys for this purpose, based on their durability and flexibility.

There are multiple environmental benefits associated with recycling clothing. It reduces the amount of pesticides used in growing cotton or to make fabrics from petroleum sources and the water needed to dye fabrics, and cuts down on the pollutants, greenhouse gases and volatile organic compounds released into the water and air from manufacturing processes.

Customers who buy used clothing also benefit from what are usually substantially lower prices, compared to the price of new clothes. Recycled clothing also creates jobs at charity organisations and businesses that reuse the fabric to make products for sale.

Although not dealing with jeans, RecycleIT4U offer a fast, efficient and friendly service to help recycle your unwanted electrical goods with a simple automated collection system.
To book a collection you can either use our online form or you can speak to us direct during our normal office hours. Our collection booking telephone number is 01952 580814.

We will collect redundant PCs, laptops, monitors, servers, network products, printers, EPOS, Scanners, UPS, cabling, AV equipment, projectors, telephones, mobiles and fax machines using our own vehicles at an agreed date and time.

An official WEEE disposal certificate will be issued, quoting serial number, asset tag and 
description of all the items collected.

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