Fabian Pfortmüller ’11 was featured in The Washington Post as co-founder of Brooklyn-based apparel company Holstee, whose online manifesto has gone viral. Pfortmüller founded Holstee, which sells environmentally sustainable products, in 2009 with Dave and Mike Radparvar.
The original Holstee t-shirts, which features a side pocket positioned like a holster, or a “hols-tee,” were made from recycled plastic, holding true to the trio's standards of producing and selling only environmentally conscious products. The company’s “upcycled” wallets, made from plastic bags, are bought from an organization that works with Indian “rag-pickers” in Delhi. Ten percent of the company's sales goes to the micro-finance lending organization Kiva.
To codify their stance on sustainability, the founders wrote the Holstee manifesto, put it on their Web site and forgot about it, until it became a sensation in its own right.
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