June 1, 2011

Over 200 Denim Items Given New Life Through Owens and Local Child’s National Collection Drive Initiative

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College’s Environmental Club is raising environmental awareness by bringing new life to worm-out jeans, jackets and purses previously destined for overcrowded landfills. As a result of the student group’s recent collection drive efforts, over 200 denim items will soon find their way to “COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN. ®” and given “new life” as part of the environmental program’s UltraTouch National Cotton Fiber Insulation.

The Environmental Club recently presented the denim materials to Jerusalem Elementary fifth grader Erek Hansen of Curtice to assist in his personal goal of collecting over 5,000 items for the “COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN. ®” program. Last year, the ten-year-old collected 4,154 denim items.

“It is important that we find ways to help in preserving our planet,” said Brad Fields of Toledo, Owens student and Environmental Club President. “The good news is that these denim items will not end up in a landfill. It also helps with sustainability because the donated denim will be used for home insulation.”

“Thank you to Owens Community College for donating your jeans to help our planet,” said Hansen. “It only takes one person to make a difference.”

Owens’ recent denim collection drive initiative is part of a nationwide effort with the “COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN. ®” environmental program. Founded in 2006, the denim program gives “new life” to used items by converting them to UltraTouch National Cotton Fiber Insulation. The insulation is then provided to communities in need to assist with building efforts. UltraTouch is composed of 85 percent recycled cotton fibers and is an environmentally safe, non-itch insulation without carcinogenic warnings, formaldehyde or chemical irritants.

Since the start of the “COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN. ®” denim drive in 2006, the program has received a total of 270,000 pieces of denim and provided enough UltraTouch National Cotton Fiber Insulation for 540 houses in areas of the country affected by natural disasters, and more notably, preventing 200 tons of denim from being sent to landfills.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.

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