Plastic to Threads: The Story of Ian Rosenberger

Plastic to Threads: The Story of Ian Rosenberger

At Miller Environmental Transfer, we want to celebrate those in our industry who are making a difference. In the first of several upcoming posts, we’re looking at Ian Rosenberger, whose two companies Team Tassy and Thread International work together to do amazing things for reducing plastics in landfills and helping the poor.

Ian founded both Team Tassy & Thread in 2010 in the wake of the Haiti earthquake. Team Tassy unlocks the inherent power in every person to end global poverty. Thread takes trash from poor neighborhoods & turns it into jobs & useful stuff people love. They work together under the same core philosophy: the biggest problem we face as a species is multidimensional poverty; ending it is entirely possible in our lifetime; & to do it, we need to invest in the poor to create as many dignified, sustainable jobs as possible. To date, Team Tassy has engaged almost 50 Haitians, preparing them and their families for employment. Thread has shipped nearly 200,000 lbs of recycled plastic out of Haiti to eventually be processed into fabric & turned into finished goods and jobs for Team Tassy families.

In a recent public announcement, Ian introduced a new Thread International facility in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA where they hope to apply the lessons learned in Haiti to a major American city. Thread’s group of self-proclaimed “responsibili-geeks” have set out to make the most responsible fabric on the planet. The fabric they produce in the Homewood facility is called “Ground to Good.” It’s a fabric that not only contributes to a cleaner planet, but also creates thousands of jobs in impoverished areas. To help make this move a major success, the company is partnering with fashion brand Timberland on a special line of products made from the “Ground to Good” fabric which is available for sale in stores around the nation and online.

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