Can you imagine an insulation that feels like your oldest pair of jeans? How about being able to rub an insulation all over your face without a reaction? Well, you are in luck because Bonded Logic’s UltraTouch recycled denim insulation is an itch-free, non-toxic solution for keeping your house well insulated. It is installed throughout my house. And yes, I rubbed the insulation all over my face.
Why do I love Ultra Touch?
In my article, Top 10 Personal Favorite Green Building Products Listed on ThisNext” I listed Bonded Logic’s insulation as my fourth item on my list of favorite green building products that I used. Realize, that my list is just my favorite ten items without any ranking. So, why do I love this fluffy cotton wonder? This blue colored insulation is made of
85 percent post industrial 80% post consumer recycled natural fibers (natural denim and cotton). It is soft enough to use as a pillow, and has great thermal and sound absorption properties.
Why did I use this recycled denim insulation product instead of fiberglass? Most fiberglass insulation contains formaldehyde. In addition, fiberglass contains a cancer warning required under OSHA for those installing it. (See the fiberglass discussion on the American Lung Association website.) According to the Company,
“UltraTouch contains no chemical irritants and requires no warning labels compared to other traditional products. There are no VOC concerns when using UltraTouch, as it is safe for you and the environment.
UltraTouch is also a Class-A Building Product and meets the highest ASTM testing standards for fire and smoke ratings, fungi resistance and corrosiveness.”
What about Encapsulated Fiberglass?
There are formaldehyde free fiberglass insulation on the market today. (This includes encapsulated fiberglass insulation.) However, I did not want to use any fiberglass products. In my prior house, the insulation was exposed in the attic. Every time I went to the attic, I could not stop coughing. Ultra Touch was a g-d-send for me so I could avoid the chance of any fibers escaping and floating around the house.
Unfortunately, I could not avoid fiberglass all together when I built my house. My ducts are encased in a reflective barrier fiberglass insulation. At the time, no one made an affordable alternative to wrap the ducts.
Where did I install the Denim Insulation?
The cotton insulation was installed in my current house to insulate the inside of the interior walls for sound insulation. I could have easily used it for our exterior walls, but decided to use Icynene instead, which is an open-cell spray foam insulation.
At the time when I bought UltraTouch, Bonded Logic only manufactured R13 and R19 batts, but now also manufacture R30 batts. Any DIY’ers could easily use this product. In my area (the northeast) it can easily cost three times the price of fiberglass insulation but well worth it.
So, cold weather is fast approaching and you need to add some insulation to your attic. What are you waiting for? Say good bye to the itch and hello to the comfort and warmth of cotton.
Photo courtesy of Ultra Touch.
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