NOT ALL FABRIC IS CREATED EQUAL

IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE, PEOPLE.

Job creation. Income opportunities. Cleaner neighborhoods. Impact is about more than sustainability, it’s about changing lives and making the tough decisions.

 

HOW WAS IT MADE?

Our fabric touches the lives of countless people and communities along the way. Here’s how it works:

1

Hand-Collected Bottles

Dani, a homemaker with a young daughter, collects plastic and sells it to a local collection center - earning extra cash for groceries and school expenses.

2

Bottles into Bucks

Gerome runs the Delmas 31 collection center, near the Port-au-Prince airport. One of his 3 employees sorts and de-labels the bottles before packing them in ‘supersacks’.

3

Trucking & Shipping:

Renold helps load deliveries for production partner ECSSA, which organizes plastic pick-up across Port-au-Prince. Other center owners find alternative transportation based on cost or convenience.

4

Flake

After arriving at a Haitian-run manufacturing plant, the bottles are cleaned and processed into plastic ‘flake’ - the raw material used to create Ground to Good™ fabric.

5

Fabric Production

The flake is shipped to the United States, where it goes through a number of processing steps depending on the finished product. The US has a rich history of textile manufacturing. We carefully chose partners based on quality and expertise for each fabric we make.

6

Products!

The finished Ground to Good™ fabric is made into beautiful, functional, responsible products the people love.


WHO HELPED?

The process is cool, but who are the people who made this shirt possible? Explore the lives touched by our fabric.

Mannique

Mannique, a Ramase Lajan collection center owner, is as reliable, motivated, and outspoken as they come. He puts his energy to good use, actively mentoring other business owners in his neighborhood, Cite Soleil. Four years ago, Mannique was unemployed. Today his center is one of the highest grossing in the country and six people depend on him for regular work.

Nadine

In an industry primarily dominated by men, Nadine is an awesome example of women in recycling. After losing both parents in the earthquake, Nadine saw neighbors collecting plastic and decided to give it a try. Over the past 3 years her collection center has grown to a profitable business - buying plastic from more collectors than she can count (believe us, it’s a ton).

Macenat

Macenat is one of the least likely Celene Dion fans we know. A savvy business man, Macenat is a top collector in the Ramase Lajan network. With the income he makes as a center owner, he covers his daily expenses, invests in his children's education, and sets money aside for a house in the country. One of the more vocal owners, he’s among the first to let our team know if there’s improvement to be made to the collection process.

Mavs

Mavs has been working for manufacturing partner ECSSA for a little over 2 years. Part driver, part human GPS, Mavs always finds the most efficient route in a city with serious traffic problems. He takes special pride in the pristine cleanliness of his truck, which he sees as a direct reflection of hardwork and discipline. He proudly supports his wife and children.


THE IMPACT

When it’s all said and done, Thread Ground to Good™ fabric can pack an impact punch. Check out the impact a single t-shirt can have vs. a shirt made with 100% cotton

3,845

Income opportunities supported in Haiti.

233

Full and part­-time jobs supported through collection and manufacturing

2.25

Plastic bottles removed from the streets and canals of Haiti

50%

Reduction in water use compared to a cotton t­shirt. Enough for a 35 minute shower.

IMPACT Reports

Want more details? Check out our impact reports from the last three years to learn more about our impact.

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