Donate Your Old Denim to Keep a House Warm

Pass on your blue jeans to those in need. (Photo: looseid [CC BY ND-2.0]/Flickr)

Summer is just around the corner and it's time to take replace those sweaters and boots with shorts and sandals. If your kids are like mine, many of the clothes worn throughout the school year are too worn-out to make it through another year or another kid. If you find yourself with a pile of beat-up jeans, now is the perfect time to send them on over to National Geographic Kids to be recycled into denim insulation.

Nat Geo Kids is sponsoring this denim drive in the hopes of setting a Guinness World Record for the largest collection of clothing to recycle (so far, they have collected over 16,000 denim items.) All of the denim sent their way will be donated to an organization that recycles jeans into natural denim insulation which is used to help build houses in places that have been damaged by hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters.

Want to give your old jeans a new life? Here's what you need to know about turning your old denim into insulation:

  1. Sort through your family's clothes for used and worn-out denim items.
  2. The denim must be used.
  3. The denim can be any brand.
  4. The denim can be any color or size but must have been worn by a human (no doll clothes!).
  5. Print out this form and include it with each package!
  6. Send as many jeans or denim items as you wish to:

NG Kids / Set a Guinness World Record
P.O. Box 98001
Washington, D.C., 20090-8001

For shipments that cannot be delivered to a P.O. box:
NG Kids / Set a Guinness World Record
1145 17th St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20036

Jeans must be received by June 30, 2009!