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Timberland Steps Up Use of Recycled Materials in Footwear

Timberland produced 6.9 million pairs of shoes in 2014 made with outsoles containing recycled rubber—just one of the many achievements reported in the brand’s 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.

Overall, the VF Corporation-owned company increased its use of renewable, organic and recycled (ROR) materials last year. In 2014, 79 percent of Timberland footwear incorporated ROR materials, up from 70 percent the year prior. Recycled polyester (PET) found in plastic bottles was the leading recycled material found in over 14 million pairs of shoes. In 2014, over 1.25 million pounds of recycled PET was used in Timberland footwear, the equivalent of 57 million plastic bottles.

On a factory level, Timberland has worked on championing programs such as access to clean drinking water and affordable health services in communities near its factories. Since 2008, Timberland has initiated 49 sustainable living projects in factory communities across five countries.

Timberland president Stewart Whitney said the company’s commitment goes beyond environmental stewardship. Whitney said, “In our view, sustainability also relates to how we make our products, how we manage our supply chain, and how we support the communities where we do business. As we look to 2015 and beyond, we’re ratcheting up our commitment in these areas, seeking innovative—and measurable—new ways to do well while also doing good.”

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