by Abel Morel, Boise ID

You know that feeling when you’re cleaning your home and you run across an item that you just know is useful to someone if only you could find that person? As I stepped into my role as Quality Assurance Supervisor I had 100 cones of rejected thread that was issued credit. “Someone can use this….. Somehow”, I thought. After making some calls, then visiting a couple of non-profits, and public schools, I made a contact with the Weavers Guild in Boise. They took all 100 cones. Each of the 50 members took two cones each and will meet up next June to see what each other has made with the thread over cups of Bigelow Tea.

I had the privilege to show one of the members around as she picked up more thread from the plant. She brought some beautiful woven and knitted pieces with her that were made 100% from our very own rejected Bigelow thread. Below are some of those pieces. It’s good that we were able to keep this material out of the landfill, but it’s even better when someone is passionate about how they reused this reject thread and the enjoyment she had while experimenting with it.

I started the search for and end user of this thread to uphold the Bigelow Value of being a green company but it has evolved into enriching the community at the same time. I will update you with pictures of the Tea Party next June so stay tuned.
Next time you get that funny felling while thinking to yourself “someone can use this…… somehow”, I encourage you to find that person and I believe you will see that the journey itself will bring unexpected joy that will be more rewarding than you could have thought possible in the first place. 

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