Old Pants Used to Insulate Dothan Home

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Habitat for Humanity and Youth United are in the process of building a new home in Dothan.

But this weekend, volunteers added an eco-friendly and rather unique feature during construction.

“We're putting in blue jean insulation that we collected when we had a blue jean drive,”

That's right; blue jeans.

“It's different, I’ve never heard of it before,” said volunteer Shantanique Smith.
“It's definitely outside the box,” added volunteer Kevin Bishop.

Cynthia Stanley is the future homeowner and says at first, she wasn't too keen on the idea of having jeans keep out the cold.

“They told me and I said ‘blue jeans?! I don’t want blue jeans in my house!” laughed Stanley.

But after hearing the benefits…

“It's eco-friendly,”

Stanley was sold.

“It's easy to put in and I guess it's safer than fiberglass,” added Smith.

Sabrina Kirkland is the resource development coordinator with Habitat for Humanity.
She says the idea is a big hit.

“I thought really cool, that is really awesome. I think that anything that is more sustainable and healthier for the environment and healthier for our families we are all about doing,”

After several weeks of fundraising, youth united says they've raised about 10,000 pairs of blue jeans.

But at the home on Barnard Street, they say actually about 2,000 to 3,000 pairs are jeans are actually being used in the insulation.

“We put up flyers everywhere letting them know that we were collecting jeans and we put up bins at different schools,” said Smith.

Volunteers say it's all about providing a living environment for the future homeowner.

“It over joys me, I love to see that we are able to provide a safe home for a family,” said Kirkland.

Volunteers began building the home on Barnard Street in November after students raised $45,000.

The home should be completed in March.

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