New Product Standards Set Pace to Achieve our 2020 Goals
As a global outdoor lifestyle brand, Timberland has always been driven by a commitment to innovate and operate in an accountable and responsible manner – in terms of our products, the outdoors and the communities around the globe where we operate. As part of this commitment, we have established rigorous environmental standards – Timberland Environmental Product Standards (TEPS) – across all Timberland product categories.
Rather than focus on one product collection, we’re now applying meaningful environmental standards to all Timberland products. By creating environmental targets for the entire line, we aim to significantly increase our use of recycled, organic and renewable materials, especially materials like recycled rubber and recycled PET.
TEPS will play a key role in helping us achieve some our 2020 product goals including:
- 100% of footwear will include at least one material containing recycled, organic or renewable (ROR) content.
- 100% of footwear and outerwear leather will be sourced from tanneries that have earned a Gold or Silver rating from the Leather Working Group for following environmental best practices.
- 100% of apparel cotton will come from organic, US-origin or Better Cotton Initiative–certified sources.
- 100% of footwear and apparel will be PVC-free.
“At Timberland, we hold ourselves accountable for what goes into our products as well as how they’re made, and we’re constantly seeking innovative solutions to reduce their environmental impact,” said Collen Vien, sustainability director for Timberland. “With TEPS, we aim to reduce the environmental impact of virtually every product we make. Over time, as our business continues to grow, this has the power to make a big difference.”