Through May 6, Owens Community College’s Environmental Club is encouraging area residents to bring their used denim jeans, jackets and purses of any particular color to the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses in support of environmental awareness as the student group hosts its third annual “Recycle Your Denim” Collection Drive.
The initiative is part of a nationwide effort with the “®Cotton. From Blue to Green” environmental program. Founded in 2006, the denim collection program gives “new life” to used items by converting them to UltraTouch National Cotton Fiber Insulation. The insulation is then provided to communities in need to assist with building efforts. UltraTouch, composed of 85 percent recycled cotton fibers, is an environmentally safe, non-itch insulation that contains no carcinogenic warnings, formaldehyde or chemical irritants.
Since its inception in 2006, the “®Cotton. From Blue to Green” program has received a total of over 500,000 pieces of denim and provided approximately 1.5 million square feet of insulation.
At the collection drive’s conclusion, all denim materials will be presented to Eisenhower Middle School sixth-grader Erek Hansen of Curtice to assist in his personal goal of collecting over 5,000 items for the “program. Last year, Hansen collected 3,920 denim items.
Area residents can drop off their denim items at Owens’ Student Health and Activities Center and the College Hall Bookstore.
For more information about the denim collection drive or to donate, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7583.