Knit one, purl two, re­cy­cle three

— NICOLE SNOW

Inc. (USA) - - LAUNCH -

Af­ter she left the U.S. Air Force, Nicole Snow started a fash­ion, ac­ces­sories, and house­wares im­port­ing busi­ness and took up knit­ting to un­wind. Through her sup­pli­ers, she learned that women in vil­lages in In­dia and Nepal tore apart silk sari rem­nants and turned them into yarn. In 2008, she trans­formed her com­pany into an on­line seller of that yarn and fab­ric and cloth­ing made from it. “I could use Darn Good Yarn as a con­duit not only to re­cy­cle but also to help these peo­ple have sus­tain­able jobs,” Snow says. Darn Good Yarn, based in Sch­enec­tady, New York, has since kept more than one mil­lion pounds of tex­tile waste from land­fills and cre­ated jobs for 600 peo­ple in In­dia and Nepal, who get paid six to eight times the lo­cal av­er­age wage.

Pho­to­graph by BRAD OGBONNA

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