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BLUE JEANS GO GREEN™ PARTNERS WITH RETAILER

January 9th, 2014

Memphis, TN – Cotton Incorporated, the research and marketing company for cotton, and Fresh Produce, a leading national apparel brand for women, have announced a collaboration that benefits Fresh Produce customers and the environment. Now  through January 31st, Fresh Produce customers that drop off unwanted denim at any of the brand’s 24 stores will receive 15% off KUT, the new denim line from Fresh Produce. Through the Blue Jeans Go Green™ program, the collected denim will be converted into housing insulation for communities in need.

“Blue Jeans Go Green is delighted to begin the New Year with this exciting collaboration with Fresh Produce” said Andrea Samber, Co-Director, Strategic Alliances, Cotton Incorporated. “We love the bright colors Fresh Produce apparel is known for and we know that their customers will love this unique program that gives new life to unwanted denim.    By donating jeans and other denim items to Blue Jeans Go Green, Fresh Produce customers are not only helping to divert textiles from landfills, they are helping provide housing insulation to communities in need; and getting a discount on new denim purchases at Fresh Produce,” added Samber.

For the re-launch of denim at Fresh Produce, customers are invited to bring in their blues to any of the 24 company-owned, non-outlet Fresh Produce stores located across the country. All denim will be accepted regardless of brand or quality. The collected denim will be shipped to Blue Jeans Go Green™ and converted into UltraTouchTM Denim Insulation by Bonded Logic, Inc.

“The beginning of a new year is always a lively time for us with new styles, colors and adventures on the horizon for our brand and our shoppers,” says Mary Ellen Vernon, Fresh Produce Founder. “Recycling unwanted denim into a resource for communities in need is such a cool idea and represents who we are at the core of our brand. We are jazzed to be collaborating with Blue Jeans Go Green™ on this inspiring initiative as we bring denim back into Fresh Produce stores and online.”

Retail promotions such as Bring In Your Blues, and other activities including a direct mail-in option, helped the Blue Jeans Go Green ™ program reach its “millionth pair milestone” last fall. To date, the program has received over 1 million pieces of denim for recycling and has diverted over 600 tons of waste out of landfills, resulting in approximately 2 million square feet of UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation.

For more information about the program, please visit www.BlueJeansGoGreen.org.

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Contact: 
Brad Robb, Vice President of Communications - Stacey Gorman, Communications Manager - (901) 683-2500

About Cotton Incorporated: Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. cotton producers and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, conducts worldwide research and promotion activities to increase the demand for and profitability of cotton

About the Cotton Board: The Cotton Research & Promotion Act established the Cotton Board as a quasi-governmental, non-profit entity to serve as the administrator of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program. Funded by America’s cotton producers and importers through the cotton check-off, the Program’s research and promotion activities are conducted worldwide by Cotton Incorporated, the Cotton Board’s sole-source contracting organization, to increase the demand for and improve the market position of cotton.

The Cotton Research & Promotion Program continues to work in all areas of cotton’s pipeline – from the field to the consumer – to keep cotton the number one fiber choice in the U.S. For more information about the Cotton Board and the innovative activities stemming from the Program, visit www.cottonboard.org

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