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Blue Jeans Become Insulation For Habitat For Humanity

5:48 PM, Aug 11, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Scott Roewer has collected 657 pairs of jeans. It's more than enough to insulate a Habitat for Humanity house.

Roewer has been keeping the jeans in the living room of his condo.

"I'm 5-foot-11, and you can see how tall this wall goes," Rower says. The jeans tower over his head by a couple feet.

Scott started collecting jeans on Earth Day in April. It's part of a national effort to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

"They use the denim for insulation," he says.

Roewer bagged up the jeans and took them to Habitat for Humanity in Gaithersburg.

Adeela Abbasi, Habitat for Humanity, says Scott donated enough to insulate a 1,300 square foot house. And he raised cash to pay for freight shipping costs.

The jeans will travel from Gaithersburg to Brownsville, Texas, where they will be transformed into their original cotton fiber state.

Then to Phoenix, Arizona where it will be turned into eco-friendly insulation.

Finally, the jean-insulation will be installed in Habitat for Humanity homes across the country, including in Montgomery County.

Written by Lindsey Mastis
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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