recycled plastic and fabric

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

United States

About Thread

Thread takes trash from the streets of the developing world and converts it into dignified jobs and fabric, which they then sell to companies trying to improve their social and environmental impact.  It was born out of a journal entry in 2010 after the Haiti earthquake, "If Haiti can turn trash into money = good."

From the moment a plastic bottle is collected in a poor neighborhood until their partner's finished product lands in their customers' hands, they measure its impact and share the story of the people whose lives have been transformed by it -- from Ground to Good TM.  In addition to public relations and marketing tools, they've created an online platform that integrates seamlessly with their partner's own online presence to help them share their improved impact with their customers and, in turn, help their customers share that story with their friends.

Because of this transparent, sustainable, and shareable supply chain, “Powered by Thread” fabrics not only make apparel or accessories more responsible, they make them more valuable to the end consumer.

Being a B Corp means you're part of a club; a new generation of commerce where "business" is no longer a dirty word, but an opportunity to solve the world's most pressing problems. We're excited about the chance to share best (and worst) practices, collaborate on new products & opportunities, and use the critical mass of the B Corp community to help make transparency and responsibility a matter of course for all businesses.

The Change We Seek®

Poverty is an epidemic. Ending it is possible by the time our generation has grandchildren. The cure is decent, dignified jobs. When left uncollected, garbage contributes to higher rates of infectious disease, decreased access to clean food and water, and perpetuates the slum mentality that infects the poorest neighborhoods on the planet.

By re-imagining trash as a renewable resource and establishing more elegant manufacturing infrastructure in poor communities, we can empower the poor to pick themselves up out of poverty. By the end of 2013, Thread and their partners removed 70 million plastic bottles from the streets of Haiti and helped to provide income opportunities for 1,620 people.

The more fabric we sell, the more waste we can help repurpose and the more jobs we can support.


What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

November 2013

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Workers: >80% health insurance premiums covered; 100% of workers paid a living wage.

Community: >750 Community Service Hours contributed per year; Gives preference to sustainable or fair trade suppliers.

Environment: >75% of printed materials use recycled paper content, FSC certified paper, or soy based inks; Purchases recycled or sustainable input office supplies, reclaimed or reused office furniture, and reusable or compostable catering supplies.


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