Essential Pittsburgh
1:04 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Pittsburgh-Based Thread Recycles Bottles and Brings Jobs to Haiti

Jenna Knapp pulls thread from a spool. The mint green thread is made from recycled plastic bottles from Haiti. Green plastic bottles create green fibers that can only be dyed darker colors. Clear plastic bottles creates thread that can be dyed any color.
Credit Ashley Murray / Allegheny Front

When local photographer Ian Rosenberger saw garbage piled in the street and thrown into canals untouched by a stretched public works system, he was moved to do more than take photos.

He jotted in his journal how it would be good to turn Haiti’s trash into money.

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Government & Politics
5:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Haitian Families First

Pittsburgh natives, Jamie and Alie McMutrie have been running an orphanage in Haiti for 8 years and talk about life in Port-au-Prince before and after the earthquake struck.
Credit Haitian Families First / Facebook

Sisters Jamie and Alie McMutrie, founders of Haitian Families First, talk about their work helping orphaned children in Haiti before and after the country's earthquake.

This segment of Essential Pittsburgh originally aired November 1, 2012