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Blue Jeans Go Green to hike awareness on textile recycling
Sep '13
Blue Jeans Go Green (formerly Cotton From Blue to Green) announced a unique auction designed to raise awareness about textile recycling and to help the program collect its one-millionth piece of denim.  Thirteen celebrities, including Hayden Panettiere, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Britney Spears, Ryan Phillippe, Darren Criss and more, have each signed and contributed a pair of jeans for "The Great Denim Challenge," an online auction in which denim is the currency.

The Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program, which began as Cotton From Blue to Green, has diverted over 600 tons of denim from landfills since it began in 2006.  The diverted denim has been given new life in the form of nearly 2 million square feet of UltraTouch Denim Insulation, which has been provided to communities in need and public works projects around the U.S.

"The denim we have received from campus drives, through promotions with retailers and brands, companies, and consumers around the country have moved us very close to the one-million mark," explains Andrea Samber, Co-director of Strategic Alliances for Cotton Incorporated.  "Thanks to the participation of Hayden and the other celebrities, the auction will help us accelerate the milestone and commemorate it in a unique and memorable way."

The auction puts up for bid 13 pairs of denim jeans, each autographed by its celebrity owner and paired with a note of thanks from the celebrity.   Like traditional auctions, the highest bidder will win the item, but the bids are denim --- not dollars. 

The bidder committing to recycle the highest number of denim apparel items for a particular celebrity's jeans will be the recipient of that item.  All the denim collected will be converted into UltraTouch Denim Insulation, a portion of which will be distributed to communities in need.

About Cotton Incorporated

Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton.

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