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It's not easy being green....

Ok, so I am not a cute, iconic frog sitting on a log singing the blues...or should it be the greens?...but it is indeed quite tough being a green company. The sentiment and intention behind wanting to be green is a valiant one...but I am not sure people realise how tough it is carry out. So for those of you that haven't read my previous posts...here is the scoop on what makes Denim Blue green...
 
You probably already know that the jeans I use are either purchased from a charity store (so that the charity benefits too) or they are donated by friends and family. Why is that a green step? If I bought new jeans it would then be adding to the jean industry having to make more. Which is the beauty of 'upcycling'! (Taking something in its current state and turning it into something new) The same thought goes into the crystals and gorgeous embellishments glittering away at Denim Blue. I do not buy them new. They are all donated by a wonderful lady who makes professional ballroom dancing costumes. Her waste is my treasure. Twice a year she sends me what feels like a birthday box of goodies...all waste from her creations. I also use organic thread as much as possible and non-toxic glues. My packaging is made of recycled paper or compostable cellophane bags.
 
I may not be inventing alternative energy solutions (although I hear denim is a great possible alternative to that horrible fibreglass house insulation)...or discovering a way to use leftover veggie peelings for the greater good...but in my own little way I am making greener footprints. If we all try a little....it would soon become a lot right?  Well, that's what I think anyway.
 
So there you have it....a little peek into the Denim Blue world through green-tinted glasses. Ribbit.

Long time, no blog

I've realised the only problem with blogging is that you don't always have something interesting to say...or worse still, you think you have something interesting to say and then realise after a considerable amount of waffling...you have made no point or raised no cause to ponder. It's a sad state of affairs, but there you go...such is life in this blogging world.
 
So what irrelevant point or fun fact can I tell you about today, you wonder? Well, as you know I am a keen upcycler. I recently came across a company that has the same love of denim and its potential for other uses. This company is urging people to donate their unused jeans to be upcycled into house insulation. How genius is that?? It takes on average pairs of jeans to insulate an average sized house in the U.S. Can you imagine what this could mean for homes in areas where heating is too expensive? The possibilities are endless, as are the jeans! Have a look at the site and read about their wonderful work. If more people starting thinking like this I really do think it would be a huge step in the right direction. Don't you?
 
Here endeth today's waffle.
I thank you!

Worth the wait....

So I haven't written a blog in far too long but I promise it is for good reason. Firstly,I don't believe in wasting words....so if you haven't got anything good to say then don't say anything at all, right? My mum would be so proud! Secondly, I have been working on some new items. It is high time the Denim Blue range was refreshed...so I have been experimenting and researching and all fun things like that! I promise that soon the DB website will be looking all sparkly and new! So watch this space!

Upcycled? Don't you mean recycled?

"Uh excuse me, don't you mean 'recycled'??!" I do so love it when random people accost you out of the blue in the car park, don't you? In this case it was a lady who had read the side of my car which reads "Bespoke denim accessories made from upcycled jeans"...and she  looked genuinely concerned at my mistake. So as I told her and I shall tell you...to clarify and enlighten....what the difference is between the two words.
 To 'recycle' means (courtesy of the Oxford dictionary) "to convert waste into reusable material" such as recycling paper. To 'upcycle' means "reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original". Clear as mud? Let me elaborate (I tend to do that!)...so when they recycle paper they break it down into mush and then recreate it into new papery things. When I upcycle jeans I take them in their current form and turn them into something else. In other words, I don't take jeans back into their original form of threads and dyes...I just take them as is and turn them into something more than just a pair of jeans! Make sense? Hope so. And now you know! So next time the conversation lulls at a meeting or dinner...you can enlighten your audience with this and bask in the impressed expressions that follow!
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