Celebrities Clean Closets for a Cause “The Great Denim Challenge” Celebrity Jeans Auction Aims for Millionth Piece of Denim
(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) – Cotton Incorporated's denim recycling program, Blue Jeans Go Green™(formerly Cotton From Blue to Green™), today 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, Britney Spears 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. The bidding began September 17th at www.BlueJeansGoGreen.org and concludes on November 3rd.
The Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program, which began as Cotton From Blue to Green™, 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,” explains Andrea Samber, 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.”
The auction puts up for bid 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.
Cotton Incorporated will host a media event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, to celebrate the millionth pair milestone. For more information, visit www.BlueJeansGoGreen.org.
Contact: Brad Robb, VP of Communications or Stacey Gorman, Communications Manager (901) 683-2500
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