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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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Kelsey Halling Director of Impact

On the Upcycle: 3 Women Share Their Story of Recycling in Haiti

October 11, 2016 Kelsey Halling

Her mornings seem ordinary. She wakes up early, makes breakfast for her children, gets her family ready for the day, and heads to work. What makes this routine extraordinary is that the ‘She’ in question, Mirlande Joseph, lives in the poorest neighborhood in the Western Hemisphere and the work she heads to each day is running a recycling collection center in a community called Molea. Her center employs 5 people full time, 3 people part time, and provides an income for at least 60 individuals who collect and sell her plastic regularly. In an industry dominated by men, it has… Read More

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Kelsey Halling Director of Impact

Mailbag Monday: Why don’t you use organic cotton?

October 10, 2016 Kelsey Halling

Aloha Thread, I was very excited to receive your swatch kit and T-shirt. I had not had a chance to look through your website yet and so though my initial reaction was “wow these look and feel great!” I was then bummed to see the cotton listed as non-organic. I work pretty exclusively with organic natural fibers and it is very important to me. Conventional cotton uses more carcinogenic pesticides than any other crop on the planet and I am reluctant to source fabric from a company that uses it. I am open to the idea of a 100% recycled… Read More

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Ian Rosenberger Founder + CEO

How Hurricane Matthew Affects the First Mile, And You.

October 5, 2016 Ian Rosenberger

I’m not good at bad news. I wish I were. In my last post on failure, I talked about how important it was to unpack the bad stuff as quickly as possible and move on; but truth be told, I’m one of the worst offenders. I stew. I brood. I lack stoicism. When bad things happen, as one of my teammates delicately put it, “sometimes I tend to let my stress rub off on others.” I think that’s a nice way of saying I can be a real dramatic pain in the ass. I’m working on it. As I… Read More

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