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 partners 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 our partner Zappos For Good) click here 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
Is the Denim Stack Challenge part of Keep America Beautiful's America Recycles Day holiday (or events)?
Yes! Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program’s Denim Stack Challenge is a registered America Recycles Day event. You can find it on the America Recycles Day website.
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.
Can I win anything by posting about the Denim Stack Challenge?
Cotton Incorporated and its Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program is not providing anything in exchange for participation. However, several of our ambassadors who are helping to raise awareness about the program may be offering special incentives and rewards throughout the campaign.
You can find a list of participating retailers and organizations online at bluejeansgogreen.org and follow our Denim Stack Challenge ambassadors on Instagram at @blakescott, @raeannlangas, @laurenscruggs, @oh_anthonio, @themattiejames, @margot.lee and @lauren.engelke. Cotton Incorporated and its Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program is not responsible for any special sales incentives or rewards associated with America Recycles Day or the Denim Stack Challenge.
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.
What do I get for participating in the Denim Stack Challenge?
Cotton Incorporated and its Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program is not providing anything in exchange for participation. By participating, you’re acknowledging your commitment to sustainable living and you can feel good about giving the cotton-based garments you no longer use new purpose and supporting Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program’s efforts to keep textile waste out of landfills and assist in building efforts that support communities across America.
Where can I post and how many pieces of denim do I need to participate in the Denim Stack Challenge?
We're encouraging you to post on Instagram and there’s no limit (and no minimum) to how much or how little denim you can include in your “stack” photo and/or contribute to recycle!
Can I only use jeans in my denim stack for the #DenimStackChallenge?
No, any type of denim apparel can be contributed for recycling so long as it’s at least 90% cotton. Check your labels and feel free to stack up all your unwanted and worn denim – shirts, skirts, shorts, jackets (and anything else you may have that’s made from denim) can be used for the Denim Stack Challenge.
Do I have to contribute my denim to participate in the Denim Stack Challenge?
No, you do not have to recycle your denim to participate. You can simply snap a photo of your denim and post to your Instagram handle (and tag your friends to nominate them to participate!).