Haiti's Got Your Back: Penn State Start-Up Offers the Best Backpack in (and for) the World
Ian Rosenberger (2004 Penn State grad) is the founder and CEO of Thread International based in Pittsburgh, PA.
From their website: "Thread is on a mission to end poverty by creating dignified jobs and responsible, high-quality products with global brands. A Certified B Corporation, Thread transforms plastic bottles from the streets and canals of Haiti and Honduras into the most responsible fabrics on the planet. Every product made with Thread tackles poverty and cleans up the planet."
Thread also partners with companies like Timberland to source discarded plastics for use as a raw material in its shoes...with measurable impact (from Thread website):