Eleven-year old “EcoErek” Hansen, of Curtice, collected his 10,000th pair of denim jeans Friday, April 27 in Columbus at Ohio State University’s Scarlet & Gray Ag Day event.
The tally is a running total since 2009, when the youth began collecting denim to recycle. The OSU collection event netted 520 pairs of jeans, which is enough to insulate just over one average-sized U.S. home. The milestone means Erek has collected enough denim to insulate 20 U.S. homes.
Erek was invited to be the keynote speaker at a lunch attended by 600 fourth- and fifth-grade students. “If we keep throwing away useful items, we’ll use everything up and the landfills will be full, and our planet will be trashed,” he told the group. “I found a recycling project that hit home for me, and I love working on it!”
The donor of the 10,000th pair was Justin King from Westerville, Ohio, who attends Central College Christian Academy. When asked about the classroom denim drive project to support EcoErek’s cause, King said that even his mom’s place of employment got involved and gathered over 20 denim items to donate. King received an EcoErek t-shirt and a certificate of achievement for his contribution.
Hansen will hold two more collections of jeans and shoes to be recycled. He’ll be in front of the cinemas at Levis Commons in Perrysburg June 2 from noon to 6 p.m. and at The Future Wave salon, 3324 Navarre Ave. in Oregon June 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, Drop Boxes are available during regular business hours at The Future Wave;
Once Upon A Child, 194 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg:, Plato’s Closet, 144 W. South Boundary, Perrysburg and Once Upon A Child, 7565 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania.