People in Haiti and Honduras collect bottles from the streets, their neighbors, and yes, even the landfill to trade for cash at a local plastic collection center. Once prepared and bundled, those bottles are piled high on a truck and transported to a recycling facility for processing.

Nadine Phillipe

Collection Center Owner


Cite Soleil, Haiti

Nadine, a Ramase Lajan collection center owner, is as reliable, motivated, and outspoken as they come. She puts her energy to good use, actively mentoring other business owners in her neighborhood, Cite Soleil.

Nadine Philippe in front of her bottles haul
Nadine's bottles waiting to be recycled
Nancy loading her "super sacks" onto the truck for the recycling center



Workers at each recycling facility unload and grind the bottles to make plastic flakes. Labels and caps are removed to prevent non-PET material from reaching later phases of the supply chain. High-quality flake means superior fabric and ultimately a better livelihood for people in the First Mile.

Watch the video to see how we process 'flake'
Sorting the bottles
Recycled bottle flake dropping out of the grinder
EZ Products further washes the flake to remove impurities

Stephan Sajous

VP Sales & Marketing

Haiti Recycling

Port - Au - Prince, Haiti



Fibers can be spun and texturized to create a more substantial strand of yarn. Innovation in these steps allows recycled content to take the place of traditional materials, without compromising feel or flex.

Mitch Hensley

Yarn Sales

National Spinning Co., Inc.

North Carolina, USA

I began my career 20+ years ago working with great folks making yarns and fabrics in NC. I take great pride in finding applications for yarns and providing jobs for the folks who manufacture the yarns in our mills.

Palmetto Synthetics transforms the flake into fibers the same length as cotton so they can be spun together
Depending on the application yarns can be dyed and texturized



Ground to Good™ yarn can be woven or knit to create unique fabrics and textures. In 2017, Thread will have more than 35 fabrics in a variety of colors and finishes that enable more designers to make an impact.

Canvas in a variety of colors, some of which can be found in the Timberland collection.
Undyed Jersey knit fabric
Learn how we dye our fabric

Eric Page

Plant Manager

ITG Burlington

North Carolina, USA

“It is rewarding to develop new and innovative fabrics today in the U.S. using socially responsible materials. Burlington is very proud to be a part of the Thread supply chain.”



Thread is proud to partner with brands and designers who share our values. They care how their products are made and who makes them. Contact us to use Ground to Good™ materials in your collection.

Jeff Blatt


Life SA

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

Timberland t-shirt, cut & sewn in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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