Can I recycle denim while practicing social distancing?
We encourage you while stay-at-home orders are in effect to prepare your denim for recycling so it’s ready to be taken locally or mailed in once stay-at-home orders are lifted. If you have the ability to safely mail your denim while stay-at-home orders are in effect and maintain social distancing we are able to still receive denim.
Are there any concerns about clothes containing COVID-19 while recycling?
We are confident all parties in the supply chain (including you) are taking necessary preventative measures. We appreciate the desire to want to continue to recycle denim responsibly. Given collection/shipping time, cautions taken when sorting denim, and the entire process, at this time we are not aware this contributes to the spread of COVID-19. As an added precaution, however, we suggest laundering the denim prior to sending it in for recycling.
What type of denim can be recycled?
You can contribute any type of denim apparel item – jeans, jackets, shirts, skirts and more. It can be colored, embellished and/or printed. The denim can also be in any condition – ripped, stained and even scraps.
Do you accept other apparel or clothing for recycling?
For the purposes of the Blue Jeans Go GreenTM program, we only collect denim for recycling. That said, other cotton apparel can be recycled, and there are a variety of organizations that may be able to assist in these efforts.
What happens to the denim that you receive?
Denim collected through the Blue Jeans Go GreenTM program is recycled into UltraTouchTM Denim Insulation, and a portion is distributed each year to help with building efforts in communities around the country.
I am unable to cover the cost of shipping to recycle my denim. Is there a drop-off location near me?
Cotton Incorporated does not have any drop off locations for recycling. However, throughout the year, we have different program affiliates that have locations across the U.S. that will accept denim for recycling through the Blue Jeans Go Green™ program. To find out where you can recycle denim locally, click here, or to mail in your denim (at no cost, courtesy of Zappos For Good) click here, log in, and download a free shipping label.
I’d like to hold a denim drive. What are my next steps?
We're happy to talk with you about how to start your own drive. Please contact us in the form above.
Do you have a program outside of the USA?
At this time, we do not have an international arm of the Blue Jeans Go GreenTM program. We can certainly accept denim that is sent from abroad; however, please be mindful that this may be a slightly more complicated process due to international shipping laws. In terms of insulation distribution, we primarily distribute to the contiguous United States. If you fall outside of the lower 48 states, we’d be happy to still discuss your insulation request. Please contact us in the form above.
I received a meal service delivery with denim insulation in the packaging. Can I recycle it?
For the purposes of the program, we only accept denim for recycling. However, the manufacturer of the insulation, Bonded Logic, Inc., can recycle the denim insulation. If you are interested in sending the denim insulation for reuse, please send to the following address:
- Bonded Logic, Inc.,
- 24053 S. Arizona Avenue, Suite 151,
- Phoenix, AZ 85248, Attn: J. Weston
Where can I find updates on retailers and promotions during COVID-19?
Please check the Recycle Denim page retailer section for information on each participating retailer.
Can I receive a tax write-off when I contribute my denim?
No, Cotton Incorporated is not a charitable organization, and therefore, cannot offer any tax receipts.
I’m interested in obtaining denim insulation for my own project. Can I buy or receive it from you?
Cotton Incorporated is a not-for-profit organization. We don’t buy, sell or manufacture any products. To apply for a grant of insulation, you must fill out an application accessed through the Receive Insulation page. Grants are awarded to qualified recipients at the discretion of Cotton Incorporated based on a variety of factors. To learn more about requesting insulation, visit our FAQs for the Grant Program on the Receive Insulation page. You can find out where you may be able to purchase UltraTouchTM Denim Insulation by visiting BondedLogic.com.
If I collect denim, can I (or an organization I represent) receive insulation for building efforts?
Collecting and contributing denim for recycling has no effect on receiving insulation. They are entirely separate. You may collect denim to contribute for recycling (thank you!), and/or you may request insulation through our site if you are a qualified potential recipient, but requests for insulation are evaluated based on a variety of factors for which collection and contribution of denim is not a consideration. To learn more about requesting insulation visit our FAQs for the Grant Program on the Receive Insulation page.
Does my denim need to be 100% cotton to be recycled?
We do accept blends. We just ask that the denim item(s) you’re recycling be high cotton content and contain at least 90% cotton.
Can I drop my denim off locally (in AZ), directly to the recycler at North 47th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ (address on label to mail denim for recycling)?
Yes, you can drop off your denim at our facility in Phoenix, AZ. Please note, the denim needs to be boxed and sealed and clearly marked for the Blue Jeans Go GreenTM program; bags will not be accepted.
Is America Recycles Day a real holiday?
Yes! America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.