We write about jeans quite a lot here at Holé becuase our button covers work so well at protecting clothing from the damage that jean buttons can cause over time. We're always looking for new things to write about and started wondering what the most frequently asked questions about jeans were.
We took to the internet and asked ChatGPT, Reddit and Google to find out the top 5 questions asked about denim jeans.
1. How does the production of denim affect the environment?
The production of denim involves several processes that typically consume large amounts of water and energy, as well as chemicals and dyes.
Some denim brands use more sustainable production methods that use far less water and limit chemical run off, but on the whole and for many manufacturers the process can have a big negative impact on the environment.
Water usage: The production of denim requires a lot of water, from growing the cotton to washing and finishing the fabric. According to some estimates, it takes up to 10,000 litres of water to produce one pair of jeans.
We're big fans of living more sustainably here at Holé button covers and we've written about some of the sustainable denim brands we can recommend. Take a look at our blog What Are The Best Sustainable Denim Brands and Pass On Your Jeans - Denim Jeans & The Circular Economy.
2. What is the difference between bootcut and straight leg jeans?
Bootcut jeans are usually easy to spot as the are usually tight or close fitting on the thigh and have a slight flare at the bottom, typically low and wide enough to at least partially cover footwear.
Whilst full-on vintage 70s flared jeans do have similarities, the look of a bootcut jean is a much more subtle and screams 90s style, though they did recently make a bit of a come back.
Straight leg jeans by comparison have a more uniform width from the thigh down wo the ankle.
Depending on your vibe and body type, one style might look better on you than another, but life is too short to abide by strict rules and standards, so we think you should go ahead and wear whatever you feel like!
3. Why can denim shrink in the wash?
Denim jeans are made from woven cotton and because it's a natural material it can shrink when it's exposed to water and excessive heat. During the washing process the fabric absorbs water and expands and this can cause them to shrink in size.
The type of wash and temperature can also impact shrinkage, and whilst good quality jeans will loosen a little with wear after shrinking in the washing, if you wash your denim on too hot a cycle or with harsh detergent, you could cause permanent shrinkage.
4. How often should I wash my denim jeans?
The questions of how often you should wash denim is ones that comes up time and time again. Without repeating ourselves, the quick answer is that you should wash denim jeans as infrequently as possible.
It might sound gross, but there's clear login to it and you can read more about how often you should was denim jeans here.
5. How do I make my jeans last longer?
If you want to make your jeans last as long as possible, then there are several things you can do to extend their life.
As well as washing them infrequently as mentioned above, when you do wash them, ensure they are inside out, use a gentle washing detergent and then air dry them if possible.
So there you have it, 5 of the most frequently asked questions about denim jeans according to the internet. If you've got more questions, take a look at our FAQs page.
To take care of your clothes and to protect your tops from the damage your jeans button can cause, have a look at Holé button covers.