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Texas FFA Gives to Blue Jeans Go Green™    
Thursday, July 8, 2021 | Author: Maci Schley, Edgewood FFA

Texas FFA members are living to serve by participating in the Cotton’s Blue Jean Go Green™ denim recycling program at the 93rd Annual Texas FFA State Convention. More than 3,350 pairs of jeans were collected and will be recycled into insulation and used in various applications.

Since 2006, Cotton has worked with Bonded Logic, Inc. to manufacture this insulation material. Each year, a portion is distributed to help build efforts in communities around the country.

Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program is an industry sustainability initiative created by Cotton Incorporated to combat textile waste, specifically denim, and harness the collective power of individuals and organizations across the U.S.

Since denim is made from cotton, a natural and sustainable fiber, it can be recycled into something new. All types of denim apparel, including shirts, skirts, shorts, jackets, etc., can be contributed. As long as it’s at least 90% cotton or more, the item is considered acceptable for the program.

Magnolia West FFA members Kayden Mace and Vanessa Dozal said although they thought denim was a curious textile to be collecting, they were elated to give to the cause.

Mace said she already recycles her clothes, but she was excited to give an organization a cause and be a part of a group effort.

“It was such a nice thing to do. Giving denim products is a unique type of service, which is what I loved being a part of,” Mace said. 

Dozal has a strong passion for giving back since the community has provided her with many outstanding opportunities. 

“Incorporating community service projects into our state association exemplifies how much FFA wants to give back,” Dozal said.

Giving their denim to the service project makes Mace and Dozal proud to be a part of Texas FFA.

“It’s comforting knowing that our contribution is going to a good cause instead of throwing the clothes away,” Mace and Dozal said. “We’d rather it be repurposed as opposed to ending up in a landfill.”

Giving denim products to the Blue Jeans Go Green Program is how Texas FFA supports the communities across the state and nation.


Reporters: Maci Schley, Edgewood FFA
Photographer: Mia Sparks, Chico FFA; Jill Fulton, Georgetown FFA; Ella Singleton, Grapevine-Colleyville FFA

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