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The good questions keep on rolling in! This one is from Cine: A few of my jeans have given out on me. I don't really have the time to be crafty and make something out of them, but I don't want to chuck them in the trash. Are there any companies in the US which recycle blue jeans?
Don't chuck 'em! The easiest way to recycle your blue jeans is to take them to your nearest thrift store: Most accept drop-offs, and many, like the Goodwill, will even pick the jeans up from your doorstep.
Chances are, your "worn out" is someone else's "just right."
In the future, you'll also be able to do something a bit more exciting with your old jeans. Not too long ago, Bonded Logic, a Phoenix-based company that turns post-industrial cotton and blue jean scraps into insulation, announced on their web site that they would be opening a number of blue jean drop-off centers. We can't find any mention of it right now, but we're checking on it. As soon as we find out more, we'll post it here.
In the meantime: Does anyone out there have any other thoughts on how best to recycle old blue jeans?
(Re-edited from a post orginally published 08.15.07)