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

Making change on a global scale: 4 things I learned at my first and last CGI Annual Meeting

Last month I had the immense fortune to attend the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) final Annual Meeting in New York. Thread joined CGI in January 2016 and our CEO, Ian Rosenberger publicly announced our commitment with partners HP, Timberland, Team Tassy, and ACOP to directly address instances of child labor…

Kelsey

Notes from the Field: “Haiti is the Land of Plenty Opportunities”

By: Richardson Antoine (with introduction and very light translation/editing by Frank Macinsky) Haiti is ripe for investment. That’s the one thing Richardson Antoine, our very own Haiti Field Manager, wishes the world knew about his country. “Haiti has beautiful beaches, good food and hospitable people,” he says. “Haiti is the…

Richardson Antoine

Monday Mailbag: Microfibers

This is the first in our weekly series ‘Monday Mailbag’, where our team shares the answers to some of the compelling, headscratchingly awesome emails we get on a daily basis. Questions and answers have been edited for length and enhanced with as many links, photos, and video clips as we…

Kelsey

Zero-Waste Drama: Return of the Worms

“We are a waste innovation company, not a recycling company!” That was a mantra repeated by our founder in the early days of Thread. Some people might argue the difference is merely semantics. But we’ve learned over the years, innovative waste management extends far beyond recycling. Thread’s mission is to…

Kelsey

Start Now: The Benefits of Annual Impact Reporting from the Beginning

The following post, outlining the 'Why' behind our Annual Impact Report was featured on the Sustainable Brands Blog Wednesday, February 10th.  There aren’t many businesses who dedicate a fifth of their team to measuring impact. Luckily at Thread, we recognized early on that if we were going to produce the most responsible fabric…

Kelsey

Where our clothes come from is as important as where we take them.

Adapted from the Letter from the CEO section of our 2015 Impact Report. The things we buy have life. They were made by the hands of people we won’t ever meet, but who are affected more than we know in their creation. We are connected to these women and men through our…

Ian

Founder + CEO

Herding Cats

How’s the saying go? You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose...but you really shouldn’t pick your friend’s nose. This reminds me a lot of Thread. We’re hiring, which is great and exciting and stupendous, but I have to tell you, also the most challenging thing I’ve…

Ian

Founder + CEO

In Response to 'The Reign of Recycling'

John Tierney recently wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times. He bemoaned recycling as a practice, pointing out that burying garbage has made sense for cities and municipalities for centuries, and that when it comes to cost - landfills > recycling. Recycling, he claims, is outdated, costly, and…

Kelsey

The Skinny on Fast Fashion

Clothes are the skin that we choose. They send a message. They convey a status. They embody our personality. Ever since I was self-aware enough to have an opinion on what was cool, I’ve chosen my “skin” without much regard for the impact of my decisions. For instance, shoes are…

Evan McElhinny