Burlington and Thread Turn Plastic into Possibility

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Improving Quality of Life for Many through Inspired Innovation

Burlington Thread Partnership

Working to stimulate change in developing communities has become an exciting opportunity for all of us at Burlington, states Jeff Peck, Burlington President.

Burlington, a leader in textile and fabric innovation, has joined Thread™, a company dedicated to creating jobs by transforming trash into quality textiles, to develop innovative fabrics that change lives and fulfill the market's growing demand for responsible products.

The partnership positions Burlington as the exclusive global woven manufacturer to develop socially and environmentally responsible fabric that looks and feels great, while doing good. Thread takes plastic waste from the landfills, canals and streets of Haiti and Honduras in an effort to end global poverty by creating dignified jobs. Bottles are processed through entrepreneurial collection centers in these countries to prepare the recycled content for transformation into yarn in the United States. The local centers create more than 3,500 income opportunities and provide a traceable supply chain, from Ground to Good™.

"Working to stimulate change in developing communities has become an exciting opportunity for all of us at Burlington," states Jeff Peck, Burlington President. "One we know that will have a lasting impact on many lives as it provides jobs and offers a high quality recycled fabric for consumers that is environmentally and socially responsible. Consumers can feel good about these fabrics knowing that each yard is made with repurposed material that is creating jobs and supporting communities."

"It's not just about our fabric coming from the poorest neighborhoods in the world or being made from trash," says Ian Rosenberger, Thread CEO. "It's about creating products that we can all be proud to wear. It's about slowing down an industry that can be obsessed with fast and cheap, and showing that where our clothes come from is just as important as where we take them. Partnering with Burlington allows us to layer our one-of-a-kind stories and supply chain with their industry-leading technical capabilities to create fabrics that outperforms at every level."

An official Bluesign® System partner, Burlington remains committed to reducing manufacturing impact on the environment and humankind-without comprising the quality, function and design of its technologies including those created through its Thread partnership for consumers worldwide.

Made in Americas
For more than nine decades, Burlington's innovative solutions stem from its rich country-pride core values to produce the highest quality, value-driven performance textiles in the world. Its seven manufacturing facilities in the US and Mexico support a variety of business entities including US military and government, law enforcement, wool suiting, contemporary apparel, uniform and career, medical, cleanroom, active wear and interior furnishings.

About Burlington
Leading the way in technology and textile innovation around the globe since 1923, Burlington develops advanced ultra performance apparel and specialty fabrics for the outdoor, active wear, casual, military, uniform, automotive, barrier, fire protection and contract hospitality markets. Burlington operates as part of the International Textile Group, Inc. (ITG) with manufacturing and sales offices throughout the United States, Mexico, China, and Hong Kong. Learn more at http://www.burlington.com and http://www.itg-global.com.

About Thread™
Thread, a Certified B Corporation based in Pittsburgh, PA, transforms plastic bottles from the streets and canals of Haiti and Honduras into the most responsible fabric on the planet. Each product made with Thread fabric supports a vibrant network of dignified jobs in the developing world and the United States. See how at http://www.threadinternational.com.

Sustainability and Bluesign®
Bluesign® System partners remain committed to creating sustainable, eco-friendly fabrics in order to reduce impact on people and our planet. Under stringent System guidelines, only approved dyes, chemicals, and raw materials are allowed in the manufacturing process with on-site inspections to verify their proper application in a controlled and responsible environment. See how at http://www.bluesign.com.

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