Thread, the Pittsburgh-based startup that’s collected over 41 million plastic bottles from landfill communities in Haiti and Honduras and created fabric for some of the world’s leading brands, today launched its own product on Kickstarter with a first-of-its-kind bag — the Better Backpack.
PITTSBURGH, Pa., Aug. 09 /CSRwire/ – Responsible fabric manufacturer Thread worked with Kiva’s direct-to-social enterprise loan program in April to raise $10,000. The loans are based on the principle that lending alongside thousands of others is one of the most powerful and sustainable ways to create economic and social good. Kiva and Thread share the mutual goal of ending poverty, which made the partnership a natural fit, but given the unique operating structure of Thread, the companies worked together through Kiva’s pilot direct-to-social enterprise loan program in order to raise funds to support First Mile entrepreneurs. Funds were raised by lenders on the Kiva site and paid directly to Thread who will pay back the loan by May 2018.
Collaboration transforms plastic bottles from the streets of Haiti into shoes, t-shirts and bags made with Thread™ fabric, creating vital jobs in the developing world
STRATHAM, N.H., March 2, 2017 – Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland today launched the Timberland X Thread collection in partnership with Thread, a Certified B Corporation that transforms plastic bottles from the streets and canals of Haiti into what Thread calls “the most responsible fabric on the planet.” The collection goes beyond environmental sustainability, creating social value and impact in the form of cleaner neighborhoods and meaningful new job opportunities. The new Timberland X Thread shoes, t-shirts and bags are available in Timberland® stores and at www.timberland.com.
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 13 /CSRwire/ – Thread, a Certified B Corporation on a mission to end poverty by creating dignified jobs and responsible, high-performance fabric, published their annual impact report on Friday. In order to engage and inspire a broader audience beyond just CSR professionals, Thread pledged to provide more than a PDF explaining the company’s accomplishments in 2016. This iteration is enhanced and interactive with videos, animated stats, and a supply chain map you can zoom into and explore.
Thread, the Pittsburgh-based startup that converts plastic trash into fabric, is teaming with Hewlett-Packard Co. and Timberland to improve conditions for workers in Haiti.
Thread CEO Ian Rosenberger announced on Wednesday a new Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to address the problem of undignified and child labor in global supply chains through a targeted effort in Haiti. About 300 Haitians, including 200 children, will receive educational opportunities, job training and health care services.
The programs will impact the surrounding communities of Molea and Menelas and Port-au-Prince, while working toward a scalable global solution.
Also involved are Team Tassy, an initiative started by Rosenberger, and L’Association des collecteurs d’objet en plastique, a professional association of Haitian entrepreneurs who run collection centers in Molea.
Through various partnerships, Thread, which sources plastic bottles from Haiti for its fabric, expects to invest $300,000 in monetary and in-kind donations by December 2019, providing for a detailed field assessment, wellness exams, health care services and the construction of a long-term, career-oriented support network in Haiti. The model will serve as a pilot to expand to similar regions throughout the world.
Thread is based in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood. Rosenberger came up with the concept for his company in the wake of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti.
Timberland and HP (NYSE:HPQ) plan to source materials from the revamped collection system in Haiti in order to provide long-term market support to the program.
Timberland, which is a division of VF Outdoor Inc., will also continue its longstanding commitment to Haiti with the launch of a special collection of shoes and bags made with Thread fabric in Spring 2017. This partnership was announced in June 2016. HP will incorporate the materials into its closed-loop process for manufacturing inkjet cartridges using recycled plastic.
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You may have heard the phrase, “Cotton, the fabric of our lives?” We would like to introduce “THREAD, the fabric that changes lives”.
Phoenix based wholesale screen printing and garment manufacturing company, American Printhouse has announced a partnership with THREAD, a company that specializes in creating eco-friendly fabric from recycled plastics while creating job opportunities in the poorest communities on the planet. THREAD is changing lives across the globe.
New collection of Timberland® footwear and bags to feature Thread™ fabric, made from plastic bottles collected in developing countries
STRATHAM, N.H., June 2, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland today announced a partnership with responsible fabric manufacturer Thread, furthering both brands’ longstanding commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Crafted from plastic bottles collected in Haiti and Honduras, Thread™ Ground to Good™ fabric challenges how the world thinks about recycled PET. Going beyond environmental sustainability, Thread also creates social value in the form of cleaner neighborhoods and job creation for thousands of people. The partnership – the largest to date for Thread – will bear its first fruit in spring 2017, with a collection of Timberland® footwear and bags made from Thread™ fabric.
PITTSBURGH, PA – June 16th, 2015 – Thread has closed a Series A Round of $2.8M, led by Draper Triangle Ventures, to create responsible fabric made from plastic collected in low-income countries. The financing will help expand production capabilities, while growing data and content collection throughout Thread’s unprecedentedly clean, transparent supply chain. The raise completes a $3.5M funding cycle that will continue to fuel the Certified B Corporation’s growth.
Based in Pittsburgh with operations in Haiti and Honduras, Thread tracks the impact on communities, jobs creation, and the environment, from the collection of bottles to the production of each bolt of fabric. This Ground to Good™ story is shared with partner brands that purchase Thread fabric – a narrative that is then shared with end customers.
Thread, a Pittsburgh-based producer of fabric made from recycled plastic garbage in Haiti and Honduras, is filling a niche in a $225 billion U.S. apparel industry by offering fabric made from waste and showing customers how it’s done, each step of the way.
“It’s not a hippy-dippy idea…. It’s a bottom-line numbers thing,” said Ian Rosenberger, the CEO and founder of Thread, based in East Liberty. “Customers are turning away from brands because they’re not authentic. The apparel and accessories (industry) is in a great deal of trouble.”
What if you could help create jobs for impoverished people and simultaneously address an environmental problem? An innovative young company in Pittsburgh is doing precisely that—dealing with Haiti’s particularly acute problem of discarded plastic bottles by hiring people there to collect that plastic waste, which then gets cleaned and shredded, turned into thread, and woven into fabric for use in sports apparel, boots and shoes, messenger bags and totes, and other goods.
Haiti is, of course, not alone among poor countries in being plagued by plastic waste. And Haiti has many far more serious problems, including persistent poverty and 40 percent unemployment.
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