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Madeline Farina Community Manager

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

August 9, 2017 Madeline Farina

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 creating demand for recycled plastic and income opportunities in these countries, but also insuring that the people working in the First Mile have the tools and support they need to build successful companies and be incredible entrepreneurs. Here’s the deal. We noticed that in our supply chain some collection… Read More

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Madeline Farina Community Manager

Tie-DIY: Create impact in your favorite color

July 20, 2017 Madeline Farina

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 the basics here, but let’s focus on just one of the possibilities. Like tie-dye. We’re going to teach you how to do it, just in case you didn’t go to camp every summer of your elementary school career. Actually, we’re not going to… Read More

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Madeline Farina Community Manager

Hey Mario! Thread’s eyes and ears in Honduras

July 18, 2017 Madeline Farina

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 and while we are constantly learning, it’s in our best interest to invest in the source. That’s why we have our Field Manager, Richardson, in Haiti to show us the ropes, connect with the people, and keep us updated on what’s happening on the ground. Read More

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Madeline Farina Community Manager

“H” is for Honduras (and Haiti, of course)

July 11, 2017 Madeline Farina

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 part of our supply chain is running smoothly. Thing is, Haiti isn’t the only country in our First Mile. As we grow, we’re looking for more countries where we can source material and create an impact. Along with Haiti, Thread… Read More

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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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