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The Timberland X Thread Collection Supports Locals in Haiti

 - Mar 26, 2018
References: timberland & fastcompany
The Timberland X Thread collection is a new line of boots that carry an interesting backstory. While the pieces of the collection may appear like normal pairs of Timberlands, the boots are actually comprised of recycled plastic bottles salvaged from the beaches of Haiti. This unique construction comes from Thread's involvement in the collaboration, as the brand works with about 1,300 bottle pickers in Haiti. Thread's use of plastic comes from an innovative technique that has the plastic bottles broken down into flakes, heated up, passed through and extruder, rolled up into threads and spun into fabric.

Colleen Vien, Timberland's sustainability director, spoke about the Timberland X Thread collection and explained that the idea was to tell a story about the brand and its history with Haiti. Timberland has been working with Smallholder Farmers Alliance and the Clinton Global Initiative in the country for quite some time now, and has recently committed to buying organic cotton from Haiti in a blockchain-powered project.