It may be ‘pants’ but it’s our Green Hero

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Eco-friendly insulation produced by a Sheffield firm has been named one of the UK’s best eco-innovations.

Social enterprise Recovery Insulation makes an innovative high performance thermal and acoustic insulation, called Inno-Therm, primarily from recycled cotton and denim waste and jeans.

The material isn’t only eco-friendly in terms of being made from recycled cloth. Unlike other types of insulation, once it has been turned into rolls and panels it can be re-used time and again.

What’s more, installers don’t need gloves or protective clothing to handle it.

Now, Inno-Therm has been named one of Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes.

McCloud is the presenter of the Channel 4 series Grand Designs, which follows some of Britain’s most ambitious self-building projects.

Over the past two decades he has documented hundreds of buildings, gaining a wide knowledge of materials, technologies and new sustainable building practices in the process.

McCloud launched the Green Heroes accolade to showcase the best eco-friendly innovations by un-sung designers.

Green Heroes products will take centre stage at the self build, design, interiors and innovation show, Grand Designs Live.

This will be the second time that Inno-Therm has hit the headlines in recent months.

The first was when Inno-Therm insulation previously used by a US broadcaster to soundproof their studios at the London 2012 Olympics, was reused in a studio at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Recovery Insulation was founded by David Garlovsky to raise funds for the Schools and Homes Energy Education Project/Solar-Active, an educational charity that raises awareness of green issues in schools.