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Published on December 2nd, 2008 | by Amiel Blajchman

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Bonded Logic Insulation Made from Recycled Jeans

December 2nd, 2008 by  


What do you do with your old jeans when you’re done with them? If you’re one American manufacturing company (Bonded Logic), you make household insulation out of them.

Ok, the company actually takes post-industrial denim and cotton fibers (basically, the stuff that never became jeans) rather than the jeans that you’re tired of, and uses that as the major component (85%) to create LEED-applicable commercial and residential insulation.

Because of this feedstock and the process used to create the insulation, the insulation created by Bonded Logic doesn’t contain any chemical irritants or carcinogens. You can buy it at Home Depot, and get your kids to help you install it at home.

Image: P1160024 via Flickr’s Creative Commons

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About the Author

Amiel is the founder of the Globalis Group, an organization whose motto is "combining action and thought for a sustainable world." His experience includes working with the Canadian government on greenspace projects, sustainable development programs and on policy documents on issues as diverse as climate change, sustainable development, and the environmental and social impacts of transportation. He is listed on the UN’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory’s list of GHG experts, and has sat on the Canadian Environmental Certifications Board’s Greenhouse Gas Verification and Validation Certification committee.



  • Back in 2002, waaay before anyone was even considering practical alternatives to fiberglass (even though Thomas Jefferson used cellulose in Monticello) I had to become a dealer for cotton insulation made by Inno-Therm (no longer available) to use in our home renovation, It arrived by tractor trailer, 27 huge rolls of blue cotton batting, that one guy, in one day, with no gloves or mask, put up by himself … and took a nap on it during his break. Warm, amazingly sound absorbent, and it saves so much in labor costs that there’s no contest. I wrote about the experience here: http://www.orlandoweekly.com/features/story.asp?id=2820

  • Back in 2002, waaay before anyone was even considering practical alternatives to fiberglass (even though Thomas Jefferson used cellulose in Monticello) I had to become a dealer for cotton insulation made by Inno-Therm (no longer available) to use in our home renovation, It arrived by tractor trailer, 27 huge rolls of blue cotton batting, that one guy, in one day, with no gloves or mask, put up by himself … and took a nap on it during his break. Warm, amazingly sound absorbent, and it saves so much in labor costs that there’s no contest. I wrote about the experience here: http://www.orlandoweekly.com/features/story.asp?id=2820

  • Justin W

    I just saw this stuff when i visited the Duke Smart Home today! Looks cool.

  • Justin W

    I just saw this stuff when i visited the Duke Smart Home today! Looks cool.

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