jobs with dignity
Who makes our awesome t-shirt quilt blankets?
Opportunity Threads is a worker-owned cut and sew company in Morganton, North Carolina. North Carolina lost over 250,000 textile jobs in the late 90s, but Opportunity Threads has created a place with a great working environment and top quality workmanship that is working hard to 'repat-riate' those textile jobs back to North Carolina. They have a collaborative model where each worker adds their input to the production process, and there are opportunities to earn an ownership stake in the company.
Precision Sportswear is a lean manufacturing company in Fall River, Massachusetts. During the industrial revolution, 15 new corporations and 22 new mills were built in Fall River, with over a million spindles, and 1/6 of all cotton production was done in this Massachusetts city that by 1920 grew to a population of a 120,000. But over the course of the 20th Century, the manufacturing jobs dwindled, while companies chased cheap labor and lax regulation. Precision is an amazing example of a company finding a way to work through the challenges of American manufacturing and it is an honor to be working with them.
How does buying a t-shirt quilt help the world?
- Keeps t-shirts out of landfills by recycling them
- Provides fair wage jobs in the United States for our production partners
- Supports other American organizations like the Post Office and Eco-Enclose
- Creates blankets that require no water or other resources to make