Impact Beyond Impact: First Mile Entrepreneurs Receive Loans To Grow Their Businesses

Every decision made at the Threadquarters is made with one goal in mind: making our First Mile as strong as possible. The First Mile is the most important part of our supply chain, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that everyone working in it is successful. That not only means…

Chris

Tie-DIY: Create impact in your favorite color

It’s summer! Everyone loves tie-dye in the summer. If you don’t, loosen up a little. Jeez. Anyway, we have PFGD (Prepare For Garment Dyeing) jersey in the Thread Shop. PFGD jersey is unique because it’s specifically made for you to dye it whatever color you’d like. You can learn all…

Chris

Hey Mario! Thread's eyes and ears in Honduras

At Thread, we’re smart enough to know what we don’t know. As a company based in the good old USA, we’re fully aware that the countries that our First Miles are located in are unfamiliar territory to us. There are a lot of cultural barriers that we might not understand…

Chris

"H" is for Honduras (and Haiti, of course)

We could talk about Haiti here at Thread until we fall over. Forgive us, but it’s literally the reason Thread exists as a company. We’re constantly visiting Haiti, talking to collectors and our Field Manager, Richardson, learning about the developments of the recycling facilities, and making sure the most important…

Chris

Plastic Waste Not Wasted: Thread + HP

I took my first trip to Haiti last September and, since it’s well documented that we’re not in the business of sugar coating things, I won’t lie to you: it was massively overwhelming and pretty jarring. Early on during that trip, looking at the country as a whole, I remember…

Evan McElhinny

The next person to yell at me about microfibers is going to end up sleeping with the fishes. Also, Happy World Oceans Day!

At Thread, we believe that we can end poverty through dignified, sustainable jobs. We also believe that waste can be used as a valuable resource, which will fuel these jobs. As such, we make transparent, purpose-filled recycled polyester yarn which goes into products made by some of the most well…

Kelsey

Cineas Marius: Stories From The First Mile

As part of our blog series, “Stories from The First Mile,” our field managers in Haiti and Honduras are interviewing collectors, collection center owners, and community members throughout our supply chain. Each story has been composed by our field managers and edited for style and clarity by our Impact team.…

Evan McElhinny

Impact 2016: A Note From a Sustainabili-nerd

I’m a bit of a sustainability nerd. If you need any proof, ask anyone in our office who attended the meeting where Kelsey unveiled the raw data from our first ever Life Cycle Assessment for our 50/50 heavyweight canvas that’s being used in Timberland’s line this spring. [caption id="" align="alignnone"…

Evan McElhinny

Doing vs. Planning: An update on the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment

We have a poem framed in our office, (yea, yea, we’re that kind of company). It’s called "To Be of Use" by Marge Piercy. I love this poem, but especially the second stanza: I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart, who pull like water buffalo,…

Kelsey

Back to Business: Something Good to Come Out of Hurricane Matthew

Just weeks ago, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the Southwest of Haiti. Over the next 48 hours, the country was pummeled by the storm. At least 1,000 people were killed. Many more displaced. Crops were destroyed, meaning there will be major food insecurity this winter. New cholera cases have already…

Kelsey