Knit one, purl two, recycle three
— NICOLE SNOW
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.