RescueThreads

Non-Profit: We Rescue The Threads, You Carry The Story

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Announcement   Changing our world, one bag at a time.
We’re a new kind of non-profit. We deal directly with Fire Departments and we don’t take donations from the public. It works like this. A firefighters “bunker gear” is a custom-made, high-tech outfit that costs taxpayers about $2000 each. The duty cycle for the gear is 10 years, after which it is typically destroyed and dumped into a landfill. Departments can now donate their gear to Rescue Threads. We re-purpose every scrap we can. We “deconstruct” the gear and use the extremely durable materials to make a robust kind of usable art. With ten years of firefighting experience in each piece, we feel our bags embody the stories firefighters put into them. People buy our bags because they want to carry something as tough as the firefighters that wore them. Customers also want to be a part of a rich experience, and they want to influence positive change in the world. Working with this gear is hard, and we pay our workers fair wages for their efforts. All profits go to grants for under-funded firehouses to buy new, safe gear (and save taxpayers money).

From what has been an unfortunate cycle of waste and the loss of amazing stories, comes a very different cycle: involvement, empowerment, recognition, respect, utility, and an eye on taking care of our planet and each other. Every bag we make is numbered. Every bag is striking and compelling, and seem to start conversations wherever they go. Rescue Threads, a new kind of non-profit that enables us all to help a bunch of heroes that live among us but are nearly invisible.

Announcement

Changing our world, one bag at a time.
We’re a new kind of non-profit. We deal directly with Fire Departments and we don’t take donations from the public. It works like this. A firefighters “bunker gear” is a custom-made, high-tech outfit that costs taxpayers about $2000 each. The duty cycle for the gear is 10 years, after which it is typically destroyed and dumped into a landfill. Departments can now donate their gear to Rescue Threads. We re-purpose every scrap we can. We “deconstruct” the gear and use the extremely durable materials to make a robust kind of usable art. With ten years of firefighting experience in each piece, we feel our bags embody the stories firefighters put into them. People buy our bags because they want to carry something as tough as the firefighters that wore them. Customers also want to be a part of a rich experience, and they want to influence positive change in the world. Working with this gear is hard, and we pay our workers fair wages for their efforts. All profits go to grants for under-funded firehouses to buy new, safe gear (and save taxpayers money).

From what has been an unfortunate cycle of waste and the loss of amazing stories, comes a very different cycle: involvement, empowerment, recognition, respect, utility, and an eye on taking care of our planet and each other. Every bag we make is numbered. Every bag is striking and compelling, and seem to start conversations wherever they go. Rescue Threads, a new kind of non-profit that enables us all to help a bunch of heroes that live among us but are nearly invisible.

Peter Alcorn

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