8 Ways to Reuse Your Jeans

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This story is part of Earth911’s “Green Eight” series, where we showcase eight ways to green your life in various areas.

How much do you pay for a pair of jeans?

According to the Levi Strauss & Co. historian, the jeans found in Neveda were made from 9-ounce denim and produced by the Amoskeag Mill in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo: Beststuff.com

According to the Levi Strauss & Co. historian, the jeans found in Nevada were made from 9-ounce denim and produced by the Amoskeag Mill in Manchester, N.H. Photo: Beststuff.com

Is it $20, $50, $250…$46,532?

No, that wasn’t a typo. That last number may seem insane, but in 2001, Levi Strauss & Co. paid just that. The company purchased a pair of their own jeans from eBay. The jeans were from a Nevada mining town and hailed all the way from the 1880s.

Although most people will probably never spend that much on some ol’ blues, it does remind us that jeans are a very iconic part of our culture.

In fact, their popularity is growing. In 2004, sales for ladies’ jeans alone were $7.4 billion, up 12 percent from the previous year.

So, if it’s safe to say that some of us our pretty attached to our jeans,  it’s even safer to say that almost everyone has a pair. In turn, almost everyone will have to deal with the dreaded decision to move on from that favorite pair, even if it may be barely in tact. But what next?

In addition to sentimental strings keeping you from tossing them in the trash, jean production itself takes up quite a bit of natural resources and makes it important to think twice before giving them the boot. Just to give you an idea, it takes about 1,500 gallons of water to grow the cotton used to make only one pair.

These factors, plus the grand fact that reuse saves money, leads us to believe that fully utilizing this classic fashion item just makes sense (cents?). So, here are 8 ways to give those blue jeans a second chance:

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