Frequently Asked Questions
The exterior fabric is water repellent waxed canvas so just spot clean and go on your way! The more you beat up your bag, the cooler it looks.Last updated:
Well, that depends on what kind of laptop you have.
The 17L backpack's laptop compartment can hold most 14” laptops and the 20L backpack's laptop compartment can hold most 15.6” laptops.Last updated:
We designed the sizing with the below heights in mind but both sizes look great on every body type!
17L: 5’6” and under
20L: 5’7” and overLast updated:
Our bag is not waterproof but we have a bunch of water repellent features. Our waxed canvas and neoprene are water repellent materials, meaning liquid will bead on the surface and not soak through. You can feel totally confident using the backpack in the rain. In order to be truly waterproof, we would need tech-y waterproofed zippers, seam tapes on all seams and all waterproof materials so that you could submerge our bag and have it come out dry on the other side. Some of our product’s charm is that it will look worn and yours over a period of time - not like a Rain Jacket.Last updated:
Our backpack was designed and prototyped in Pittsburgh, USA and will be initially manufactured in Guangzhou, China. The support of our Kickstarter campaign will allow us to to complete our workshop in Homewood, then scale training and production to meet the needs future projects!
We have a long road ahead, but our values and standards are as high as ever. We are partnering with a responsible and trustworthy facility in Guangzhou to produce our first edition of the bags.
When choosing this partner, we first asked whether the facility had undergone a social/labor audit within the last year by an accredited third party or another apparel brand aligned with our values. The factory had been audited within the past year, so we requested a copy of this audit for our review, which the factory willingly provided (along with audits as far back as 2011!). We started with the audit for a couple of reasons. First, it offered an initial glimpse into working conditions at the facility. Second, manufacturers undergo many audits in a given year. We wanted to avoid contributing to audit fatigue--a well known issue across the fashion industry--by reviewing an up-to-date audit that had already been completed.
When reviewing the audit, we compared the findings with our own social/labor standards for suppliers, which align with universally recognized standards outlined by the International Labor Organization and UN Declaration on Human Rights. These standards cover the following topics:
- Child labor/forced labor
- Fair Working hours
- Fair Wages
- Human Treatment
- Freedom of association
- Health and safety
- Chemical management
- Environmental compliance
We found that the working conditions at this facility, as reported in the audit, aligned with our expectations for a manufacturing partner. This made us comfortable to begin talking with this manufacturer about potentially producing our backpacks.
We know that an audit is just a point-in-time look at the conditions in a facility, so it was also critical for us to visit the facility in person. Last month, members of our production and sourcing teams visited our manufacturing partner and took a close, in-person look at working conditions. Based on our visit, we are confident in moving forward with this manufacturing partner.Last updated:
Being a B Corp means that we prioritize planet and people along with profit. We believe that positive social and environmental impact at every step in our supply chain is central to how we do business and is our greatest value proposition to those who purchase our products. Thread invests in an impact team and impact programming (training, micro-loans, scholarships, and personal protective equipment) that we provide on the ground in the First Miles of our supply chains! This year, we were ranked as a Best for the World B-corps in governance, based on our exceptionally high score in that area. That means our oversight into the wellbeing of people in our supply chains as well as the policies we have in place for our employees are considered best practice even within the b-corps community.Last updated:
We are a company that does its best to make landfills smaller - we take stuff out of landfills and do our best to avoid putting anything else in. We chose leather detailing because leather can withstand a lot of wear and tends to last longer than other materials. We are only using vegetable tanned leather because it has the lowest impact on the environment than other leathers.
We would love to include a synthetic leather option, but based on our production minimums, that's not possible right now. In the future, we will be looking into having synthetic leather options in our products!Last updated:
17L Better Backpack:
front height 15"
back height 15.5"
front width 10.5"
back width 11"
20L Better Backpack:
front height 16.5"
back height 17.5"
front width 11"
back width 12"
depth 5.5"Last updated:
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