Thread X Timberland in Haiti: From Bottle to Boot

Image of boot being made from plastic water bottleTuesday, March 27, 2018
12:30-2:00PM - Speaking Presentation
2:00-2:30PM - Informal Discussion on Career and Internship Opportunities

MUB Theatre II

Join us to meet Zachary Angelini ‘14, Environmental Stewardship Manager of Timberland and Kelsey Halling, Director of Sales of Thread who will discuss the successful partnership of the Thread X Timberland collection.

Kelsey Halling measures, manages, and improves the impact Thread has on people, planet, and profit at every step of Thread’s supply chains, ensuring that the claims of making the most responsible fabric in the world are true. Thread transforms trash that has been collected and sorted by local workers in Haiti — where mounds of plastic bottles clogging waterways are a common sight — into fabric sourced by brands such as Timberland, which is developing a line of sneakers and boots made with Thread’s "Ground to Good" fabric.

Zachary Angelini, is a UNH graduate ’14 / ’16G. He is responsible for implementing programs and policies to reduce the environmental footprint of Timberland's products and operations. Timberland’s vision is to be the largest and most sustainable outdoor lifestyle brand on earth.

In 2017 Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland launched the Timberland X Thread collection in partnership with Thread, a Certified B Corporation that transforms plastic bottles from the streets and canals of Haiti into what Thread calls “the most responsible fabric on the planet.” The collection goes beyond environmental sustainability, creating social value and impact in the form of cleaner neighborhoods and meaningful new job opportunities. The new Timberland X Thread shoes, t-shirts and bags are available in Timberland® stores and at

“The Timberland X Thread collection is incredible proof that style and sustainability can go hand-in-hand,” said Colleen Vien, director of sustainability for Timberland. “This collection delivers good with every fiber, not just by recycling plastic bottles that would otherwise end up littering the streets, but also by creating job opportunities and cleaner neighborhoods in Haiti. Consumers can feel good about pulling on their Timberland® X ThreadTM boots or backpack, and know they are making a positive impact in someone else’s life.”

The new products build upon Timberland’s longstanding commitment to be Earthkeepers – to innovate and operate their business in an accountable and responsible manner. With a shared passion for supporting communities in Haiti, Timberland and Thread were natural partners from the start. Both companies are determined to look beyond the environmental value of recycled plastic bottles to focus on responsibility, transparency, and creating social value.

This event is co-sponsored by UNH Global, the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise and the International Affairs program and is part of a series for the New Hampshire International Seminar.

No registration required.

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