For several years, the manufacturers of home and business insulation products have been working to create options that are eco-friendly, whether this means they’re made of sustainable or recycled materials. Recycled denim insulation is one of the most popular options out there, and it offers several unique benefits that you must see (and experience) to believe.
What Is Recycled Denim Insulation?
It’s exactly what it sounds like – bits of denim that are being used to create barriers between walls, ceilings, floors, and livable spaces to keep them more comfortable and energy efficient. In fact, this denim comes directly from factories; it’s the material left behind when manufacturers create denim clothing. The strips are too small to be recycled back into clothing, so they’re collected and used as insulation rather than thrown away.
Denim insulation contains an average of 85% recycled material, which means only 15% is created from brand new denim that has never seen the inside of a clothing manufacturer’s facility. The best part is that denim is made of 100% cotton, so when the insulation’s lifespan is over, this material can be 100% recycled. This is not the case with fiberglass or wool batts, which typically end up in landfills once they’re removed from homes.
Diverting Material from Landfills
Companies that create denim clothing often send tons upon tons of material to landfills every year. In fact, one clothing company alone claims that sending denim scraps to insulation manufacturers has helped them keep 200 tons of material out of landfills each year. What’s more, because denim is already manufactured into clothing, there’s very little additional manufacturing energy needed to turn it into insulation.
Better Air Quality and Acoustics
Homeowners who have chosen to install recycled denim insulation enjoy better air quality over traditional fiberglass; denim does not contain the same volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and it doesn’t contain formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen. Recycled denim insulation also insulates against sound about 30% more efficiently than traditional insulation, which means you’ll enjoy a quieter, more peaceful home.
Estimates show that recycled denim insulation does a better job of keeping your home comfortable than traditional fiberglass or wool batts. In fact, some homeowners claim their energy costs dropped by nearly 20% in the first year alone, which makes denim insulation an investment that will pay for itself in time. The best part? Denim won’t irritate your eyes, skin, or airway, and there’s no need for a warning label. It’s like shredding your favorite pair of worn-out jeans and allowing them to keep you and your family cooler during the summer months.
Recycled denim insulation is eco-friendly, safe for your family and the environment, and just as effective (if not more so) than the traditional insulation found in homes across the country. If it’s time to upgrade your insulation, think outside the box and consider using familiar cotton denim. Your family’s health and your utility bills will thank you.