would you try it? recycled denim insulation

We’ve been thinking about upping the insulation in our nearly 100-year old house. It’s not as drafty as you imagine, but in recent days if you mistakenly touch one of front bedroom walls, or step barefoot too close to the edge of the floor, you’re in for a shock. Burrrr. That baby is cold.

We hear a lot about spray foam insulation, and indeed have used it in our attic, but what about this? Recycled denim insulation! We heard about it via Uncrate and it has us investigating. Our green-focused neighbors recently had an energy audit done on their house. Would you get extra points for using recycled denim in your walls? Supposedly it features a natural fire retardant that also helps prevent mold and mildew. Called UltraTouch, it claims to be easy to use and install — no dangerous fibers here! It almost sounds sexy. I wonder if we could donate the skinny the jeans that no longer fit? For more information, visit Bonded Logic, and tell us: Would use recycled denim insulation in your house?

I would use recycles denim in my house. I wouldn’t see a reason not. Especially if it is saving us money.

With an older house, I would be very careful about installing a water-absorbent material (the cotton batts and fiberglass both will absorb and hold water) against a wood structure. Older houses often have small incidental leaks through the cladding into the wall cavity, which are not a problem unless there is something to hold the water in place. I’ve seen some very bad cases of rot from new insulation. The nice thing about foam, assuming it is closed-cell foam, is that it does not have any way to hold water.

Marie

No I don’t think I would, just a quick google came up with some not so good features of this type if insulation……more difficult to install correctly, and it doesn’t expand well to fill the cavities leading to an unacceptable gap ratio in many cases. It needs to be treated with fire and insect treatments and it can hold moisture.

How innovative! Very cool, I think this is going to be a growing trend. Its hard to come by right now though.

Naomi

We used it in part of an attic remodel to master bedroom/bath. We used regular insulation, not spray, in the attic ceiling but used the denim insulation in the floor. Our main floor living room and TV room are right below the bedroom. It is spendy, is really hard to cut, but has great soundproofing capabilities on top of the normal insulating properties. You could barely hear people walking around upstairs and it was a good buffer of sound travelling up from the main floor. We had no problems with it, other than it is much costlier than typical bat insulation

I had not idea that you could use recycled denim insulation in your house as an green alternative for home insulation. Wow what an great idea.

This is a very cool and interesting idea. Seems like this would be a great way to recycle old unwanted jeans. As long as it’s safe and reasonably efficient I’d say it’s a great idea.

This is a novel idea using denim. Here in the UK they are recycling polypropylene plastic bottles into a loft insulation which is great and doesn’t have any issues when it comes to damp or minor roof leaks. Again no risk of fibres in the lungs although it’s best to wear a filter mask when doing any work involving dust, powders or fibres even if harmless.

Zoe xxx

It sounds like the denim may be a little more difficult to work with but worth it in the end. I guess it just depends on what value you are going for.

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