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Common Thread recycled bags create sustainable jobs for hard-to-employ workers

Common Thread Cooperative

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Immigrant women or women who are coping with mental illness often have a difficult time finding work that fits their lifestyle. But they are welcomed at Common Thread Cooperative, a marketing co-op focused on creating meaningful employment while producing sustainable products.

Common Thread’s producers make bags from recycled street banners in a flexible work environment that also builds their confidence and independence. The women gain experience and financial stability through meaningful work.

When the co-op needed funds, Vancity Community Foundation provided a grant to strengthen Common Thread’s production capacity. Vancity is also Common Thread customer, purchasing bulk orders of colourful tote bags.