1000 Flowers for the Planet - #539 Recycle Jeans
In light of all the resources that are used to produce jeans (see Flower #535 Buy Fewer Jeans for all the statistics), it’s important to the planet that we get as much use from this product as possible. Flower #538 showed you how to turn your blue jeans green by donating them to a program in the US that turns them into insulation. Failing that type of recycling program in your country, there are lots of other ways we can recycle our jeans. All we have to do is search the Internet for ideas. I’ve found some people turn them into bags, with the pockets making terrific extra storage and the worn out leg section is used to make sturdy straps. Quiltmakers have turned denim jeans into patchwork denim quilts that look fabulous and must surely be very warm. Old jeans can make fab new home decorating items such as hardy rugs and floor mats, cushions for the couch, place mats and coasters, and even a patchwork pouf to stretch out your weary legs at the end of the day. The denim can be cut into strips, which are then woven to make seats and outdoor furniture. Recycling your jeans is good for the planet because it reuses hard earned resources that have already cost the planet through the use of pesticides and chemicals to grown the cotton and all the water used in manufacturing. So reinvent the fabric into usable items that last a long time.