Southfield (CW50) – Pingree Detroit is a worker-owned company started in 2015 to help veterans gain a living wage by creating sustainable, up-cycled products from materials destined for landfills in Detroit. The team creates handcrafted bags, accessories, and footwear using reclaimed leather from the Detroit auto industry.

Pingree Detroit workers, creating leather shoes from reclaimed materials (Photo provided by Pingree Detroit)

The majority of Pingree’s equipment and materials are sourced from the USA and all shipping materials they use are 100% recycled and compostable.

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Workers are given the opportunity to own a part of the company, and 77% of the Pingree’s profit goes to those Veterans.

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Jarret Schlaff, Co-Founder of Pingree Detroit

Jarret Schlaff, Co-Founder & CEO of Pingree, joins Lisa Germani on Community Connect to talk about why he started the company and what was the process behind using reclaimed materials.

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