July 3, 2012

Over 500 Denim Items Given New Life through Owens and Local Child’s National Collection Drive Initiative

Denim Drive Presentation

Owens Environmental Club student representative Hannah Jacobs of Luckey (left) assists Amy Hansen and Erek Hansen, both Curtice residents, in sorting the donated denim materials.

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College’s Environmental Club is raising environmental awareness by bringing new life to worn-out jeans, jackets and purses previously destined for overcrowded landfills. As a result of the student group’s recent collection drive efforts, over 500 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 Eisenhower Middle School sixth 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 11-year-old collected 3,920 denim items.

“I like to keep the jeans out of the landfill,” explained Hansen. “We have become wasteful and I want to conserve our resources.”

He added, “I want thank Owens Community College for their donation. It really means a lot to me. It is neat to see that people really care about our environment and recycling.”

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 over 500,000 pieces of denim and provided enough UltraTouch National Cotton Fiber Insulation for approximately 1.5 million square feet of insulation to assist with building efforts for communities in need.

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, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. 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.