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?
One of the ways we recycle old denim is by working with Bonded Logic, Inc., to transform it into insulating material for various applications like building insulation, thermal packaging insulation, pet bed inserts and other applications.
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 here.