Timberland Partners with Thread to Support Communities in Haiti

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Timberland is coming up on in on its 100th year of business, and over the last century the outdoor apparel and shoe company has led multiple philanthropic efforts around the world. Timberland has grown from a regional company in Boston in the early 1900s to an international company today, and it has given back to communities around the world as it grew.


Timberland’s newest community initiative is in collaboration with Thread, which is a fabric company focused on providing “responsible fabric from ground to good.” Thread has provided thousands of people in Haiti and Honduras with work by creating a sustainable fabric that starts in the streets of towns and cities across the country.


Anyone in these countries can get involved by collecting plastic bottles anywhere they can be found and taking them to a recycling center. The bottles are then turned into plastic flakes, spun into yarn, and turned into fabric. The fabric is then turned into various types of clothing including denim, canvas, and fleece. The entire process is a transparent chain that provides work for the people in those communities while simultaneously cleaning up the streets.


Thread has partnered with Timberland to produce a signature series of bags and boots. Timberland has been well known for its quality and durable products, and the materials Thread is providing meet or exceed those standards. “When you touch the material, you know it’s a premium canvas,” said Margaret Morey-Reuner, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Timberland.


Both Thread and Timberland are proving that there is more to business than the bottom line, and there are ways to incorporate sustainability and community involvement into creating and producing quality products. “When you put materials like ours into products like Timberland’s, it’s a perfect example,” said Thread Founder Ian Rosenberger. “By simply buying a boot or a bag you are contributing to somebody else’s life getting better.”


Thread makes an effort to track who all is involved in the process and the total economic and social impact the process has on the community. Once the first Timberland products were finished, Thread executives made sure to share the shoes and bags with the collectors who started the process. Kelsey Halling, Director of Impact at Thread said, “They were in disbelief.”


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