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A Better Backpack

A project in Pittsburgh, PA by Thread International

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Get a better all-day backpack designed to look amazing and carry everything with canvas made from recycled plastic bottles
Backers: 3533
Average Pledge Per Backer: $162

Funded: $571,353 of $45,000
Dates: Aug 8th -> Sep 19th (43 days)
Project By: Thread International
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Latest News

Better Backpack Available Now From Thread after Huge $450K Kickstarter

September 15th - via:
If you want to get a feel for the history of the highly segregated Homewood neighborhood in Pittsburgh, read the great John Edgar Wideman — he’s the sage of the Homewood experience. But if you want to get a feel for some of the ways Homewood is moving, changing, and shaking, consider a visit to the Homewood offices of Thread International, the sustainability-focused design company that has just introduced what they’re calling a Better Backpack. Here’s the story: Thread began a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $45,000 to create a Better Backpack made with recycled materials. That modest goal was exceeded — by explosive proportions. With days still to go the Better Backpack campaign had surpassed $456,000 in funding. (Read More)


September 12th - via:
Backers! It has been one wild Kickstarter journey, and we are now only one week away from the last day of our campaign. After the incredible response that we've gotten from our very first Kickstarter, we want to make this as big as we possibly can.... (Read More)

Beaver County native turning garbage into jobs at former Pittsburgh factory

September 10th - via:
Beaver County native Ian Rosenberger is turning garbage into jobs for local residents at an old Westinghouse factory in Homewood, one of Pittsburgh’s poorest neighborhoods. The founder and CEO of Thread International said the company is using recycled material — plastic bottles collected by workers in Haiti, Honduras and Taiwan — to create fabric for shoes, clothing and a new line of high-end backpacks that he plans to manufacture in Homewood. A native of Economy, Rosenberger, 37, is also known for a 2005 appearance on the reality show, Survivor. (Read More)

Design Update – Happiness to Follow

September 7th - via:
Holy cow, our backers have seriously impressed us with product feedback, support, and well-researched questions over the past 31 days.  Our design team reviewed and looked into the viability of your product feedback. We’re happy to report back on... (Read More)

Introducing: The Cord Pouch!

August 23rd - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Get Ready For Our First Ever Kickstarter Live!

August 21st - via:
HEY EVERYONE! This afternoon at 1:30pm EST, Thread is going LIVE in our office to do a feature walk-through of our Better Backpack! Tune in to see what the bag can do and get any burning questions that you may have answered!  IT'S GOING TO BE A... (Read More)

1000+ People Want Better (WOW!)

August 13th - via:
Thank You x 1,000Ok everyone, let's be real – this is amazing! Your support for a Better Backpack has blown us away, and we're only four days into this campaign. Months ago, surrounded by sketches and swatches, we could never have imagined this... (Read More)


August 8th - via:
WE DID IT!  We hit our $45,000 goal in 7 hours! This means so much to so many people. We are beyond grateful for your support and we have BIG plans for the future. THANK YOU! Please please please share this campaign so we take this thing to the... (Read More)

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