Timberland reveals its latest man-boots, made from recycled plastic bottles picked up from the beaches and streets of Haiti.

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Under: Environment


Timberland has revealed its latest man-boots, made from recycled plastic bottles picked up from the beaches and streets of Haiti.

The globally known outdoor apparel brand acquired the raw materials from a social impact startup named Thread, which employs about 1.300 Haitians to pick up the discarded bottles. The bottes are broken down into flakes which are melted before being passed through an extruder. The bales of  the polyester type of threads generated are spun into fabric to be used into the making of the boots.

Colleen Vien, Timberland’s sustainability director, says Thread’s material is a little more expensive than a comparable fabric. But the expense is worth it as it allows the brand to tell a compelling story about the product’s origin. A pair of these boots costs about $75.

Timberland has a long association with Haiti, last August, Haiti’s Smallholder Farmers Alliance and  the global outdoor lifestyle brand, planted cotton seeds at a trial site near Gonaives, with the intention to bring cotton growing back to Haiti after a 30 year hiatus.

Timberland is getting ready to harvest its first cotton crops in Haiti


Four months later, the cotton plants are thriving and at various stages of maturing. All 15 varieties tested were harvested in late January.

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