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  2. It Takes 1800 Gallons of Water to Make One Pair of Jeans



    Blue jeans were invented by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss in 1873. Starting in the 1950s, jeans, originally designed for cowboys, became popular among teenagers. We all love them. We all have them. In fact, most of us have a lot of them. According to a Cotton Inc. survey, the average American owns 8.3 pairs of jeans, with American teens averaging 11 pairs. But when you factor in that it takes 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make just one pair of jeans, some consideration should go into what we do with them when we no longer wear them.


    This is not to say we should no longer buy jeans. After all, jeans are as much a part of America as apple pie and baseball. But when you consider this statistic, it does seem that we should find a use for the jeans we all have taking up space in our closets. If we’re going to use the water to grow the cotton to make the jeans, let’s put our old jeans back to use.


    In addition to asking you to follow the more traditional water saving tips, we’d also like to ask that you recycle your old jeans. Make them useful again by donating them to your local thrift stores or charity resale and consignment shops, and we’ll dramatically reduce our water consumption. Not only will our environment thank you, but so will the person you just helped get a new pair of jeans!