It works like this. “Bunker gear” – the fire-proof, water-proof outfit that protects a firefighter – is a high-tech marvel. Custom-made, each outfit costs $2000 or more. After a duty cycle of 10 years the manufacturer’s warranty expires and, typically, the gear is destroyed and shoved into to a landfill.
Our change: departments donate their gear to Rescue Threads. We “deconstruct” the gear and use it to make a robust kind of usable art. Our bags have their own distinct style, as colorful and tough as the firefighters who wore them. The bag you carry is part of a rich experience, and it’s part of a positive change in the world. Working with these stubborn materials is difficult; we pay our workers fair wages for their efforts. But all our profits go to grants for under-funded firehouses to buy new life-saving gear.
We turn a landfill waste into a fresh start, and we involve you in our support for the first responders whom we admire. Every bag we make is numbered, unique, always noticeable, something to start conversations wherever they go. Rescue Threads: we're a new kind of non-profit that enables us all to help a bunch of heroes that live among us but are nearly invisible.
For more information on donating gear, email firstname.lastname@example.org