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Evan McElhinny Impact Manager

Plastic Waste Not Wasted: Thread + HP

June 19, 2017 Evan McElhinny

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 thinking that there was so much work in Haiti to be done. How could we possibly ever make a difference? However, as I spent more time in Haiti, I began to see the potential that this country had. I met… Read More

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Kelsey Halling Director of Impact

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

June 8, 2017 Kelsey Halling

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 known and iconic brands in the world. Our supply chains divert waste from the streets, canals, beaches, of some of the poorest countries in the world. This also means, our supply chains end up diverting a lot of… Read More

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Evan McElhinny Impact Manager

Cineas Marius: Stories From The First Mile

June 5, 2017 Evan McElhinny

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. This week’s edition features Cineas Marius of Haiti.   Cineas Marius lives with his wife and five children in Molea, the neighborhood directly adjacent to the Truitier Landfill. Before moving to Molea, Cineas lived in Bois Neuf, a neighborhood in Cite Soleil. However, an uptick in violence in… Read More

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Evan McElhinny Impact Manager

Impact 2016: A Note From a Sustainabili-nerd

February 12, 2017 Evan McElhinny

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. A sneak peek of Timberland x Ground to Good™ Usually, these kinds of detailed, data-heavy presentations elicit polite nodding and smiling among our team members. Don’t get me wrong, everyone at Thread realizes the importance of conducting an LCA on our fabric, but sifting through data comparing our CO2… Read More

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Kelsey Halling Director of Impact

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

December 2, 2016 Kelsey Halling

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, with massive patience, who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward, who do what has to be done, again and again. Months ago, Thread began preparing a plan to address instances of child labor, hazardous working conditions, and quality of… Read More

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Kelsey Halling Director of Impact

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

November 8, 2016 Kelsey Halling

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 been spiking and there will most certainly be a rise in communicable diseases throughout the country. My teammates and I spent those 48 hours watching every weather and news outlet we could, while checking our phones manically for updates and preparing for the worst. We were lucky. The damage… Read More

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Chris Preis

From the Mailbag: How about these bottles?

November 2, 2016 Chris Preis

The question takes a myriad of forms, but the message is often the same. It comes from the volunteer collecting trash along the highway, the well-intentioned traveler, and the big-thinking study abroad student in a far-off corner of the developing world. “I love what you’re doing it Haiti,” they offer, “so when I saw all of the trash in [Location X] I thought of Thread. You should go come here and do something with it!” It pains us to say it, but there is far too much waste in the world for our team run off to a new… Read More

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Kelsey Halling Director of Impact

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

October 20, 2016 Kelsey Halling

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 in our supply chain. The week was an inspiring, humbling, powerful blur. With CGI winding down, every hallway conversation, small group discussion, and most of the plenary speeches were underpinned with the question, “now what?” The Clinton Foundation’s reputation was called into question… Read More

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