Changing the world with plastics

By Kristen Johnson

In the midst of companies who take advantage of workers, contribute to global warming, and look at stockholder’s concerns over worker’s concerns, we occasionally find a company that does it right. Thread is one of those companies. I just discovered this wonderful company yesterday and I am so glad that  I did.

Thread’s motto is “responsible fabric from ground to good.” I was so impressed by their story of sustainability and environmental consciousness that I already ordered my first shirt on their website. I can’t wait to get it! (

The fashion industry is one of the dirtiest in the world for the environment, and filled with human rights abuses. (I can highly recommend watching the documentary The True Cost for additional information.) Fashion is so disposable (because it is so cheap) that Americans contribute 11 million tons of textile waste a year! Cotton production, used in a wide variety of clothing, uses an enormous amount of pesticides, contributing to environmental destruction. 97% of textiles are made overseas, by some of the lowest paid workers in the world. (

Thread offers a sustainable model that creates jobs and helps the environment. All of their products are made with a combination of recycled plastics and sustainable cotton. 100% of the plastics are responsibly sourced from Haiti and Honduras (thus providing jobs and cleaner neighborhoods in those areas). The filament, yarn and finished products are then responsibly made in the U.S.

Thread’s website is filled with stories of the people in Haiti and Honduras and how these new jobs are affecting their lives and their communities. The overall impact is: 3,575 income opportunities in Haiti, 287 full and part-time opportunities from collection and manufacturing, and a 50% reduction in water use compared to a traditional cotton t-shirt. ( So, they are providing jobs, helping the environment, and serving our neighbors. What’s not to love?

Thread is being the change in the world. We can only hope that other companies, large and small, follow suit.

Psalm 24:1 (NRSV): The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;

Thread – you inspire me.

Serve all with love.

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