Clothing isn’t born in factories. It begins as raw material sourced by real people. Ground to Good™ fabric creates dignified income opportunities for thousands working in the First Mile of a transparent, circular supply chain. And it’s made from trash. Here’s how.
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.
- Jean Alliance, Arcahaie
- Ohlex Baptiste, Carrefour
- Gustave Chery, Petit Goave
- Nancy Fanord, Arrondissement des Cayes
- Netoute Gesner, Léogâne Arrondissement
- Widler Jean Marie, Léogâne Arrondissement
- Antoine Louis Gedne, Gonaives
- Jude Moise, Saint-Marc
- Jeanel Paul, Cabaret
- Nadine Phillipe, Les Cayes
- Antoine Ruguerre, Jacmel
- Boucher Wilner, Miragoâne
- Duverne Yvon Joseph, Chatulet
- Ramon Castillo, Ocotillo
- Manuel Garcia, Santa Anita
- Sixto Portillo, Copán Department
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.