Facts & Media

Textile Labor

  • There are 75 million garment workers worldwide with an average wage of $3.16 per hour
  • We need more living wage employment in Grand Rapids
  • Public Thread is working to become an employee-owned business
  • We will be one of only a few cut & sew manufacturers that are worker-owned in the U.S.

The Environment

  • 16 billion tons of textile waste is created in the U.S. each year
  • 85% of textile waste comes from manufacturing
  • Kent County’s textile waste amounts to tens of thousands of pounds per week and is valued at $3.2 million lost per year
  • Estimated value of discarded textiles in the U.S. is $460 billion