PHOTO: UK School of Human Environmental Sciences
There’s still time for individuals to donate their unwanted denim to the University of Kentucky denim drive.
The drive, organized by student members of the UK Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles Club in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, kicked off Oct. 2 and will continue throughout the month.
Denim garments including jeans, shirts, skirts and scrap pieces with embellishments and of any color and condition are accepted. Collection bins are located throughout UK’s campus and across the state at offices of the UK Cooperative Extension Service.
The UK drive is conducted in conjunction with Cotton, Incorporated’s “Blue Jeans Go Green” denim recycling campaign. Cotton, Incorporated takes used jean material and converts it into natural cotton fiber insulation to use in the construction of homes and civic buildings for communities in need across the United States. As a result of the denim recycling program, fewer textiles are sent to landfills, reducing the amount of waste.
Students in the MAT club, which is a part of the UK School of Human Environmental Sciences, have participated in the recycling campaign since 2008. In 2011 and 2012, the group collected more than 20,000 garments.
Since Cotton Inc. began the drive in 2006, it has collect more than 985,000 pieces of denim that have produced 2 million square feet of home insulation and saved 600 tons of waste from going into landfills.