Gallery: RECYCLED BLUE JEAN INSULATION by Bonded Logic

 

If you are feeling the chill at home this winter, why not consider a more eco-friendly form of insulation instead of the hazardous fiberglass standby? We’ve raved about Arizona-based company Bonded Logic in the past but we just can’t get enough of their superb product Ultra Touch. Comprising of 100% recycled denim, Ultra Touch proves that you don’t need to sacrifice your health in order to reap the benefits of efficient insulation. Unlike its toxic candy-floss-like alternative, the cotton material is safe enough for your kids to enjoy a tumble in, being entirely free of carcinogens and formaldehyde.

Bonded Logic has also recently donated their services in aid of community-oriented projects such as Cotton’s Dirty Laundry Tour. At the festival-inspired event, student organizations from colleges all over the USA collected used denim and turned the donations over to Bonded Logic and collaborator JBM Fibers who ultimately re-processed the jean material into insulation to be used in the rebuilding of a Louisiana school ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. + Ultra Touch denim insulation

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  1. Selva June 27, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Puedo conseguir este aislante de algodón en Argentina?

  2. Lake Tahoe House Takes ... October 5, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    [...] materials were used throughout the project including recycled denim insulation, recycled glass countertops, and reclaimed wood flooring. Passive heating strategies were [...]

  3. Wendy November 7, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    i was wondering if there is a place where they might use other fabrics, I have so many old socks that can no longer able to be darned but are washed and clean. Fabric or any kind should not be going to the land fill especially if it has a high content of cotton!!

  4. mss June 23, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Its always nice to read well meaning NONSENSE such as that posted above by “Blue Jeans Baby » Comfortable Castle – Improving your home » Blog Archive” as they perpetuate the FALSE MYTH that fiberglass is carcinogenic.

    Fiberglass is NOT a carcinogen! But then, why should we be confused by FACTS. Look at what the American Lng Association says about fiberglass: http://www.lungusa.org/site/pp.asp?c=dvLUK9O0E&b=35439
    Yup, don’t let Facts confuse you when the emotional nonsense sounds so idyllic! Whatever you do, Don’t read the FACTS.

    And borates in significant strengths sufficient to prevent insect infestation and prevent mold are Not harmless, as per the warnings to wear protective clothing!

    And the product is subject to not only significant moisture absorption, but to settling – unlike blown fiberglass – a product made from silica – sand – a highly endangered non-natural(sic) source!

    Green and recycling is nice IF is it substantiated by More than simply emotions. And there is MUCH more to beiong green than simply looking at the base material! Transportation, manufactureing, subsequent additives, etc. all paly a role in a products impact on the environment! And in this respect, cotton insulation is not necessarily better than other products such as fiberglass that has many syperior qualities and can be produced locally – essentially from highly endangered sand – silica.

    After all, poison ivy is ‘natural’, but I don’t really want it in my salad.

    Being in touch with your Feelings are nice. But not without a prudent dose of Logic, intelligence and objective fact.

  5. tarrik daou August 29, 2008 at 2:07 am

    go green!

  6. Phoo June 6, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    We made the mistake of trying this Bonded Logic Ultra Touch Blue Jean Insulation. I am chemically sensitive so this 85% or 100 % cotton product sounded real good it sounded like answered prayer from the heavens above. But it turned out to be a nightmare. This material is not for those who are chemically sensitive and I wished they would have stated this in their sales pitch. \\\”Not for the Chemically Sensitive\\\”. The materials that this insualtion is made from is gotton from textile mills as floor waste that is gathered from all over the world and you can claim China, Mexico or just let your imagination run wild and clain any place that has a textile mill with waste they are glad to sell to the U.S. And then treated with Borane, 20 mule team borax and then a fiber that is melted onto the end result and only they and the Lord knows what that actually is. I would not give you 2 pennys for this stuff.

  7. nick January 3, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Refer to the outreach video at http://www.ultratouch.net/video.html to see the latest.

  8. Tranquillity » Bl... October 24, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    [...] Until last week I just kinda threw them away or, if they still are usable, give them away to some kind of charity. But the worn out clothes has still gone into the regular trash. That is going to change. The last time I went to the recycling-station I noticed that there was a “new” dumpster for just textiles. After a little bit of a googling I also found this link from Inhabitat: Inhabitat » RECYCLED BLUE JEAN INSULATION by Bonded Logic [...]

  9. nick October 4, 2007 at 1:03 am

    Cherie, you can find UltraTouch products at your local Hayward or Goldenstate Lumber stores. If you require additional assistance, please contact Jesse at (888) 925-6442. He will be happy to be of help, Thank you all for your interest in UltraTouch Products.

    Nick…

  10. jeff July 22, 2007 at 11:21 am

    do you sell it. jeff 7724756455

  11. Dick LaRonge July 2, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Interesting stuff but what is thr comparable cost per square foot to fiberglass or foam?

  12. Cherie S. Cook April 21, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    I saw this on PBS t.v. and am ready to use this product, but finding it is another story. Where can I get it in Sacramento County, California? Thank you. Cherie Cook

  13. Blue Jeans Baby »... December 7, 2006 at 3:23 am

    [...] This is exactly the case with fiberglass, a material initially thought as a better alternative for the hazardous asbestos. Fiberglass, which is most commonly used for insulation, is currently blamed for the increasing number of cases of lung cancer and other lung diseases. The good news is, there’s now an eco-friendly replacement for fiberglass as the material used for insulation. In a blog I read from Inhabitat.com, Bonded Logic, an Arizona-based manufacturing company, has recently unveiled their Ultra Touch product. Made from recycled denims, the Ultra Touch provides good insulation sans the health threats. The insulation material does not only feel good to touch, but it’s fairly easy to install, too. Now Ultra Touch is the kind of product you will definitely need this winter season to make your homes nice, cozy, and warm.            [...]

  14. Gear Up And Label Thing... December 6, 2006 at 3:43 am

    [...] Kristin Abraham’s blog at interiordecorating.suite101.com disclosed a cool idea of storing odds and ends, loose change, and other knickknacks in baskets, jars, or bins, and labeling them.  She also suggested to bring out the artist in you by dressing up and decorating the jars and baskets in case you have to place them in an area visible to visitors.  In that way, you are not only organizing things around your house, you are also adding up decorations you made on your own. Who knows? Maybe the quirky designs and artistic storage would inspire your husband and kids to clean up their act and start picking after themselves. Blue Jeans Baby By Finella Woodstock [...]

  15. susan December 1, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    Finally a good use for all those low riding jeans.

  16. Terri December 1, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    Interesting posts. I am a senior interior design student. The past year I have seen a huge effort on the part of the school, probably directed by FIDER, to indorporate green design into the curriculum; e.g., required papers, research, etc. The emphasis on green design I’m certain is a good thing, but also can be decieveing with all the hype and marketing. Initially when I saw this product I thought, “wow, this is great…using a material that is typically tossed out when not needed any more or full of holes or whatever, and incorporating into a green design product!” Then I read your posts and realized that as a student, I am responsible for looking at the fine print and really thinking about what is involved in the making of the product and to be careful to not get caught up in the marketing hype to quickly. Thanks for your comments.

  17. Jesse November 30, 2006 at 10:57 am

    “Why would anyone use anything else?”

    Because it’s a batt product, not a blown or sprayed in place material. Batt products will always have substantial air leakage around electrical boxes, plumbing penetrations, and other small gaps. This is why fiberglass is such a disaster from a performance standpoint, and why no responsible builder should be using fiberglass ever again. Bonded Logic is better than fiberglass, but not much better. Recycled good, air infiltration bad.

    For true performance, cellulose or any of the foams are the only high-performance materials in stud wall construction.

    It does have high density, so it works really well for insulation against noise (bathrooms, bedrooms, etc.)

  18. Bob November 29, 2006 at 9:11 am

    wikipedia also says:
    “Boric acid, Sodium Borate, and Sodium Perborate are estimated to have a fatal dose from 0.1 to 0.5g/kg (Handbook of Poisoning, Robert H. Dreisback,eight edition,p.314). These substances are toxic to all cells, and have a slow excretion rate through the kidneys. Kidney toxicity is the greatest, with liver fatty degeneration, cerebral edema, and gastroenteritis. Boric acid solutions used as an eye wash or abraded skin is known to be especially toxic to infants, especially after repeated use due to its slow elimination rate(Goodman and Gillman’s: The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 6th edition,chapter on Antiseptics and Disinfectants, page 971).”

    Also:
    http://ptcl.chem.ox.ac.uk/~hmc/hsci/chemicals/borax.html

    “*** Borax is harmful if swallowed.
    *** Borax dust is very irritating if breathed in.
    *** There is some evidence that prolonged or repeated exposure to borax may cause reproductive defects.”

    It’s likely that borax dust gets everywhere when this sort of thing is installed.

  19. wl November 29, 2006 at 12:12 am

    Cellulose based house insulation material is not new; there has been alot of paper or fiber based product over the years before the pink fiberglass stuff took over the bulk of the market. Borax has been used on all of these products as fire retardant, and I’m assuming is relatively safe. Borax has always been used as a safe(r) alternative to bug spray, as it repels pest, so you get double the benefits there.

    This is the first time I’ve heard of cellulose insulation using exclusively denim fiber, which I think is more of an aesthetic appeal than a functional one. I’m not sure ecologically it is more sound, but I am pretty sure it’s going to cost more. It does look good, but since it’s in the wall, who cares?

  20. LA November 28, 2006 at 7:58 pm

    nina: I wondered about this too, and looked at the Material Safety Data Sheets that are listed on the website. THey say that it is treated with Borax and boric acid, which is according to wikipedia “Large amounts of borax pentahydrate are used for manufacturing insulating fibreglass and cellulose insulation as a fire retardant and anti-fungal compound.” although the MSDS also says one should wear a mask while installing so perhaps the babies lying on the insulation is not such a good idea.

  21. nina November 28, 2006 at 11:48 am

    this does sound great, and i’ve just been sorting through the previous entries about alternatives to the pink stuff, but can anyone really attest to it’s resistance to mold, fungus, and pests? it is an organic material, and one that has been nicely chopped into edible pieces. i’m trying to sort out insulation for a house i’m building in upstate ny, and i’d love to use this stuff, but i must say i’m a bit wary… any helpful links or insight would be welcome.

  22. Pete November 27, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    This stuff is really awesome! Why would anyone use anything else?

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