The other week when I went to collect the trash, I noticed that my husband had put a pair of old jeans in the trash can. He wears his jeans till they are truly unwearable. The more faded and more holes, the more he loves them. But I suppose there comes a time when even his jeans become unwearable. I knew those particular jeans could not be donated so I let them be thrown away, and now I've felt guilty for weeks.
So I've decided to figure out now what to do next time there's a pair of jeans to dispose of. Here's what I've come up with.
- Donate or hand them down - If they are in wearable condition but you no longer have a need for them, make sure they get into the hands of someone who can wear them.
- Fix them up - Did you know you can have your jeans repaired, not just patched up, but actually have threads resewn into them to repair them. This may not be worth it for all of your jeans, but every once in a while you get a pair that you absolutely love. Visit Denim Therapy to find out more about having your jeans repaired.
- Turn them into a craft project - I'm not particularly crafty, but some people are. Here's a list of creative things to do with an old pair of jeans - turning them into wine bags doesn't sound like such a bad idea to me. This isn't the only site dedicated to recycling denim the crafty way. If you do some searching, you'll find dozens of sites with creative ideas.
- Recycle them - From Blue to Green is a movement that is collecting old denim jeans to turn into insulation to be used in Habitat for Humanity houses. It looks like they hold various denim drives throughout the year.
- Hold your own denim drive - You know you're not the only person with old, unusable jeans. Contact your local Habitat for Humanity and find out how to hold a denim drive and donate your jeans plus a whole mini van full or more of everyone else's to be used as insulation.
- If you live in the UK, you can have them made into sandals for you - Recycleyourjeans.com is a UK company that turns your old jeans into your new sandals, but they only ship to the UK mainland.
If you have any other ideas for how to recycle denim, please share them by adding them in the comments.