2013 - 5th annual Denim Drive project. Third year to recycle unwanted Shoes in ANY condition. Renewed partnerships with Blue Jeans Go Green® (new name) and USAgain.
2012 - 4th annual Denim Drive project. Second year to recycle unwanted Shoes in ANY condition. Renewed partnerships with Cotton. From Blue to Green.® and USAgain.
2011 - 3rd annual Denim Drive project. New in 2011 - recycle unwanted Shoes in ANY condition. Held 3 drives over 2 months, coordinated DROP BOXES at new businesses to collect on our behalf. The 2011 Collection is 3,811 pr. of jeans and 2,916 pr. of shoes! This converts to 8,400 lbs. of cotton or an equivalent of approx. 12,700 sq./ft. of insulation, enough to insulate over 7 homes! The denim filled 15 Gaylord crates and the shoes filled 18 Gaylord crates.
Erek was honored in October at the “Green Gala” hosted by the Ohio Environmental Council in Columbus. He received an Environmental Achievement Award for his active participation in reducing landfill waste by holding recycling drives in Ohio.
-Erek is mentioned in “The Huffington Post” article October 27, 2011, America Recycles Day: Get Involved, by CEO of USAgain, stating “I’m thrilled to see young people...taking initiative...to raise awareness about environmental causes.”
2010 - 2nd annual denim collection project. Held 5 denim drives over 3 months, coordinated many company and school denim drives to save landfill space and ultimately benefit victims of U.S. natural disasters. We lauched on Earth Day, April 22nd and finished with a collection of 4,154 pcs. of denim for 2010! This converts to 9,100 lbs. of cotton or an equivalent of approx. 13,800 sq./ ft. of insulation, enough to insulate just over 8 homes!
We incorporated DROP BOXES at local businesses this year, which allowed people to come whenever they could to deliver their old jeans. It worked very well! As we spread the word about the usefulness of coton denim fibers remanufactured as housing insulation, many more will recycle in this way.
2009 - I read an article in my favorite magazine, National Geographic Kids, that asked readers to send in their old, holey, ripped up jeans, that otherwise would have been thrown away, in order to help comunities in need AND help set a Guinness World Record (GWR). The jeans would be sent to Cotton. From Blue to Green. which is an organization that sees those jeans remanufactured into housing insulation. This organization then arranges for all the insulation to be donated 100% back to victims of natural disasters. In the past, the donations have gone to Habitat for Humanity to help communities devistated by Huricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast region. It takes approx. 500 prs. of denim jeans to insulate ONE avg. size U.S. home. For more information on what happens to the denim, you can always look at the process more in depth at www.cottonfrombluetogreen.org and w.bondedlogic.com.
In response to the article, I asked my mom if I could send in my old, holey jeans, and she said, “Sure!” We then held a Denim Drive in our Driveway event that brought in 1000 pairs of jeans. A local alternative energy company heard about our project and had an employee drive that raised an additional 600 pair! We shipped 1684 pcs. of denim (enough for just over 3 homes) to National Geographic in Washington DC where they became a part of the “Largest Collection of Clothing to Recycle”. I got to keep clothes out of the local landfill, help people in need AND helped set a Guinnes World Record. I was awarded a ticket to the ceremony in Wash DC because I was the single largest donor to the project. I LOVE to recycle and this project had a great cause! It was SO much fun!
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