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July 7, 2011 -- Sewickley Herald
Sewickley United Methodist 'tied' to reuse-it organization
Sewickley United Methodist Church members are helping to give ties from past Father's Days and Christmases new life and purpose. Members are collecting neckties for Ties That Matter, a zero-waste organization in Atlanta that recycles the unwanted neck decorations and turns them into one-of-a-kind handbags, totes, diaper bags, reuseable grocery bags and pillows. Read more.


Summer 2011 -- Community Seeds eMagazine
Laura Martin writes about how Ties That Matter was conceived and what's next for the company.

We decided that instead of just employing a small number of women to sew the products, we were going to give away all our designs and instructions, put them into a book and encourage as many women as we possibly could to make and sell these products themselves. We would still collect ties and would distribute them to women who are interested in making and selling these products to provide, or supplement, an income for themselves. We would do everything we could to help them be successful. Read more.


May 19, 2011 -- Presbytarian Church USA
Blessed be the ties that bind: Atlanta ministry turns old neckwear into accessories, helps homeless.

What if that hideous tie from Aunt Griselda could provide a job for a low-income woman, help support programs for the homeless, and be a green resource? Who would have thought it possible that a bad gift could become such a great one? In Atlanta, the simple necktie is doing all of these things, thanks to a partnership between the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center (OAC), a ministry started by Central Presbyterian Church, and a local business called Ties that Matter. Read more.


March 23, 2011 -- CRAFTING A GREEN

Green Crafter Profile: Ties That Matter:  Crafter Laura Martin teamed up with two friends to turn a hobby into a force for good in the Atlanta community.
Martin was volunteering with Central Outreach and Advocacy Center (OAC) helping Atlanta’s homeless when she designed her first necktie bag: a self-contained grocery tote. She got volunteers to help her sew and raised $6000 for the center just by selling grocery bags. 

Laura Martin in Studio



Ties That Matter and Central Outreach & Advocacy Center Provide a Unique Partnership To Combat Homelessness in Atlanta

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March 14, 2011 - - Profile Ties That Matter: I recently found out about a company called Ties That Matter. These women are doing amazing work in Atlanta. They are taking men’s old ties and remaking them into purses and pillows. Their designs are not only beautiful, but functional. Ties That Matter, a company in Atlanta, has found some answers to some big questions: How can we make a difference? What can we do to help? These are questions a lot of people ask but three friends, Laura Martin, Cameron McCord and Elizabeth Chrane, found some answers in an unlikely place – their husbands’ closets.


March 4, 2011 --, by Andrea Newell:  Ties That Matter: Recycled Fashion that Benefits the Homeless


March 4, 2011 - Your Green  Ties That Matter: Recycled Fashion that Benefits the Homeless -


May 18, 2010 -- Kilpatrick Stockton Holds Successful Tie and Suit Drive in Celebration of Earth Day 2010


April 07, 2010 --  Ties That Matter - Snapshot: Laura Martin


March 12, 2010 -- Neighborhood  CRAFTY
Local artisans featured in regional show,157226


February 24, 2010 -- ATLANTA ARTIST FEATURED AT 2010 AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL SHOW CREATES UNIQUE FASHION ACCESSORIES FROM DONATED RECYCLED NECKTIES: Company behind functional art -- Ties That Matter -- provides jobs for unemployed skilled women, contributes proceeds to the homeless and is a zero-waste organization [Download PDF]

October 23, 2008 -- TIES THAT MATTER FOR ATLANTA’S HOMELESS: The Central Presbyterian Outreach and Advocacy Center and the Atlanta Sewing Guild Host Unique “Sew Day” Fundraiser. [Download PDF]

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