WHO ARE WE AND WHAT WE DO
At Public Thread, we elevate existing materials and inspire creative disruption
Public Thread is a Michigan based company working with and designing around upcycled materials to create artfully crafted products.
Launched in June of 2016 with the dream of building a worker owned company that could make high quality, small-batch products in Michigan. Public Thread has gone far beyond our humble kitchen table beginnings, serving individuals and companies in our state and across the U.S. We have a global reach through our partnerships and a passion to design unique products that serve people, the planet and support living wage jobs. By using upcycled materials from a wide variety of industries, we have kept over 100,000 pounds of textiles from the landfill. Starting with grain bags from breweries and quickly expanding to a wide array of specialty fabrics, traditional textiles, 3D knit material, leather, and banners, signs, and billboards.Our designers transform these rescued materials into a diverse collection of exceptional, expertly crafted products for the mindful consumer.
HOW IT STARTED
“I want to honor the people & process of making.”
After leaving a 15 year career in community level systems change work, Janay Brower wanted to put her experience and creativity to work in a different way. She started with the goal to develop a worker owned cut & sew manufacturing business that supported sustainability and living wage jobs. What she quickly found out was that there is a LOT of textile waste left over from manufacturers and almost no options to do anything with it besides throw it away. They started with the brewery industry and quickly evolved into furniture/upholstery, leather, signs, banners and billboard vinyl, and shoes. What has evolved from our humble beginnings, is a company that offers bold upcycled products made in our community from textile waste created here.
HOW IT'S GOING
Today, Public Thread has a global reach through partnerships, creating bold, upcycle luxury from materials diverted from landfills: speciality fabrics, traditional textiles, 3D knit material, leather, and banners, signs, billboards and more. We measure our impact with a triple bottom line that includes people, planet, business.
We support sustainable and joyful livelihoods by paying our workers a living wage and building a cut and sew manufacturing business that honors the talent and skill it takes to design backwards from existing materials, and support our staff and the building of a worker-owned business model.
The amount of textile waste in landfills has doubled in the last 20 years to nearly 18 million tons a year across the U.S. We’re not cool with that. By re-imagining how existing materials can be used and given a second life, we have diverted more than 150,000 pounds of textiles from landfills and transformed them into bold, luxurious goods that challenge the status quo.
Through our partnerships, we help companies live their values by transforming their spent materials into promotional products. We strive to create a circular economy that supports upcycling products at scale and generating profits for designers and entrepreneurs who want to bring their goods to market.
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