4-H gets greener with denim recycling campaign

by kentucky4h

Source: Tara Hackett, UK denim drive coordinator


4-H and the color green go hand-in-hand. Now 4-H’ers will help their communities become greener through a unique recycling campaign.

Kentucky 4-H is teaming up with the University of Kentucky Department of Retailing and Tourism Management to start collecting old or unwanted denim.

UK and now 4-H partner with Cotton, Incorporated and Bonded Logic Inc. to collect unwanted denim and turn it into UltraTouch Denim Insulation. Not only does this keep denim garments out of the landfills, but the insulation is used in new building construction, a portion of which is sent to Habitat for Humanity to help communities in need.

The drive was created by Cotton, Incorporated in 2006, and to date, it has collected over 1 million pieces of denim. Students in UK’s Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles Club have participated in the denim drive since 2008.

Most denim apparel is acceptable for donation including jeans, shorts, pants, skirts, overall, jackets and fabric scraps. Donated denim can be colored, embellished, printed and have buttons and zippers. You can donate your unwanted denim at any office of UK’s Cooperative Extension Service any time.

For more information on recycling or other 4-H programs, contact the 4-H youth development agent at the (COUNTY NAME) Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.