Earthkeepers footwear collection by Timberland

3 Nov

Left:  Timberland Earthkeepers Boots

Further to my last post i have been thinking about the choices designers make and how they can ensure their product is sustainable, environmentally friendly and produced following Fair Trade guidelines for example.

Whilst flicking through an old copy of Glamour magazine (July 2010) to source some images for collage and mixed media pieces I came across an article about the Earthkeepers collection by Timberland. Timberland is a well-known brand but I did not realise that the environmental implications of creating a Timberland footwear collection has been considered.

About the Earthkeepers collection:

  • The leather for the shoes is obtained from responsibly managed tanneries, this is based on energy use, waste production and water treatment. (This perhaps does not take in to consideration suitable working conditions and a reasonable level of pay?)
  • The detail on the shoes is added with organic cotton and raffia.
  • Recycled plastic bottles are used to create the linings of the shoes.
  • The ‘Greenside Sandals’ can be recycled to make new sandals.
  • ‘Belicia Ring Ankle Sandals’ are made from 42% recycled tyres.

To have a look at the collection please follow this link: http://www.timberlandonline.co.uk/earthkeepers-collection/collections_earthkeepers,default,sc.html

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