I’ll be honest. I don’t remember the last time I was thankful for clean water. My morning routine, when I stick to it, begins with downing a cup of Pacific Northwest H20. Fourteen steps and there it is, pouring out. And there I am, unmoved by the magnitude of my privilege.
Much of the world has never known access to clean water as I have known. India, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Haiti are among the countries in dire need of clean water. Preventable water-borne diseases plague and kill thousands upon thousands of the world’s young.
This thirst has found two advocates, Isaac Mathews and Michael Warren, the co-founders of Threading Water. Mathews and Warren have discovered there are viable solutions to the needs around the world through entrepreneurship.
Threading Water’s Why? goes beyond looking fresh in quality cotton (though they do that very well). Their mission is to “provide clean water to as many people as possible.” No small feat. This is why they partner with Lifewater, a non-profit working since 1977 to end “the global water and sanitation crisis.”
For Threading Water, business is a road to hope, of thriving individuals and flourishing communities, as much for our neighbors around the world as for us.
There is a genuine water crisis. Its impact is deep and multifaceted. But Isaac and Michael have refused to honor the status quo, grand as it is. Instead, they make T-shirts: their version of wearable hope.
When you buy a t-shirt you are providing clean water for a year for someone in need. Business as world improvement.
We’ve all been hurled into life for a time, and inherited this world of astonishing beauty and unparalleled difficulty. Sitting back and pleading ignorance of others’ suffering is an option, but one impeccably unworthy of the dignity of the human spirit.
Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of others. – Albert Einstein
My wife, Emily, has been thinking and talking and writing about ethical, sustainable fashion (and lifestyles) for a while now. I’m consistently impressed by her love for people, even strangers.
For me, the journey to think about issues revolving around fast fashion, human trafficking, consumerism, and the ethics of buying started with a college professor, Charles Lee. As a young, impressionable freshman, I remember having layers of my worldview and understanding of how the world worked peeled away. Eventually, a fire was set and I wanted to change the world too. What freshman doesn’t?
It’s been years since then, many. Yet a longing continues to burn to make a difference, to think and act together “for the sake of others.”
I write this wearing my Threading Water Olive Triblend. It’s soft, comfy, and fits like a gem. But more than that, it reminds me to stop, think, remember, be grateful, and get off my duff to serve the world with kindness and generosity.
This is the first of many posts. I’m pumped to jump in, to introduce and promote companies making a difference and to think about everyday ideas and actions from a slant and offer my two cents, for others’ sake.
PS. If you’d like to invest in some quality, life changing garments from Threading Water, use code ADAYPACK for 20% off your order through the end of July!
Note: Nicholas is wearing the Triblend Raw Neck Tee in Olive and Emily is wearing the Flowy Boxy Tee in White. We purchased these shirts at a discounted price through Threading Water’s Brand Rep Program. We were not compensated for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own!