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Celebrities autograph jeans for auction and recycling effort

Linda Miller Modified: September 24, 2013 at 11:00 am •  Published: September 24, 2013

Here’s an auction with a twist.  Blue Jeans Go Green has announced a unique auction designed to raise awareness about textile recycling and to help the program collect its one-millionth piece of denim. 

Thirteen celebrities, including Hayden Panettiere, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Britney Spears, Ryan Phillippe, Darren Criss and more, have each signed and contributed a pair of jeans for The Great Denim Challenge, an online auction in which denim is the currency.

Bidding concludes Nov. 3 at www.BlueJeansGoGreen.org.

The Blue Jeans Go Greendenim recycling program, which began as Cotton From Blue to Gree, has diverted over 600 tons of denim from landfills since it began in 2006.  The diverted denim has been given new life in the form of nearly 2 million square feet of UltraTouch Denim Insulation, which has been provided to communities in need and public works projects around the U.S.

“The denim we have received from campus drives, through promotions with retailers and brands, companies, and consumers around the country have moved us very close to the one-million mark,” said Andrea Samber, co-director of Strategic Alliances for Cotton Incorporated.  “Thanks to the participation of Hayden and the other celebrities, the auction will help us accelerate the milestone and commemorate it in a unique and memorable way.”

Up for bid are 13 pairs of denim jeans, each autographed by its celebrity owner and paired with a note of thanks from the celebrity.   Like traditional auctions, the highest bidder will win the item, but the bids are denim — not dollars.  The bidder committing to recycle the highest number of denim apparel items for a particular celebrity’s jeans will be the recipient of that item.  All the denim collected will be converted into UltraTouch Denim Insulation, a portion of which will be distributed to communities in need.

 



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