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This is a post via Timberland—an Elephant Mindful Partner. We’re honored to work with mindful companies such as Timberland—dedicated to preserving our planet and improving people’s lives, as well as making quality, ethical urban outdoor gear. ~ Ed.

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“I think business can be the largest force for good in our planet’s history.”
~ Ian Rosenberger, Founder, Thread International

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This is Proof that Big Co. Can Do Good, and that Most People Do Give a Damn.

And It’s pretty cool to see men leading the way, here, when it comes to caring.

Caring about the planet, that is, and the impact of our clothing choices on it.

Timberland recently conducted a survey on wardrobe values— and men, perhaps surprisingly, came out tops as more likely to care about whether or not their clothes are eco-friendly.


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wear your values: shop timberland today 

One thing both men and women seemed to agree on though was the types of materials that are a priority when it comes to eco-fashion.

Out of over 1,000 men and women, 47% said they opt for organic cotton or cotton that is produced in a way that minimizes impact on the environment, 34% said they seek out products made from renewable materials, and 30% look out for recycled PET (like plastic bottles).

We tend to agree on how important responsible materials are, which is why we were encouraged to see just how much eco-consciousness is built into the very fabric of what Timberland does. Quite literally.

They use all three of these materials in their products.

These are no ordinary boots.

Sure, they’re good looking and hard working—they’re Timberlands after all.

But they’re also more than that.

They’re responsible, innovative, and forward-thinking: the future of eco-conscious fashion.

Timberland is making strides in their commitment to preserving the outdoors. Like most in the industry, they still have plenty of room for improvement, but this is what caught our attention when we dug in a bit. We’re pretty wary of “green washing,” but these values really do seem to be embedded in their culture, from the ground up.

They work hard to make their products as responsibly as possible, to protect the outdoors, and to serve communities, both locally and globally.

Eco-friendly goes hand in hand with people-friendly.

Timberland’s commitment to corporate responsibility benefits small-scale business owners and entrepreneurs in countries currently enduring the effects of global climate change, like Haiti.

The Timberland X Thread line an example of the kind of work they’re doing toward more sustainable and ethical fashion.

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These boots are made with Thread International’s recycled Ground to Good™ fabric. Thread is a Certified B Corporation on a mission to end poverty by using waste as a resource and supporting responsible, traceable supply chains.

They work with local people to transform plastic bottles from the streets and canals of Haiti (as well as Honduras and Taiwan) into one of the most responsible fabrics on the planet.

Beyond the environmental benefits of recycling plastic bottles, the collaboration also helps create meaningful change for the people of Haiti.

Hard-working entrepreneurs like Sevenet, Mirlande, and Clenord live in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Haiti, but have been able to transform their lives, support their families, as well as their larger communities by employing others, and ultimately use an otherwise polluting waste product to help end the cycle of poverty.

The project is only one part of Timberland‘s longtime commitment to support communities in Haiti.

“We’re constantly seeking innovative ways to create both social and environmental value, and are excited to continue making a difference in Haiti and in all the communities where we live, work and explore.”

~ Colleen Vien, Sustainability Director for Timberland.

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Timberland is passionate about protecting our outdoors.

They have a commitment to bring nature back to the city through urban greening, in their five-year commitment to bring nature back to the city through urban greening. To date, they have restored and renovated more than 57,000 square feet into green spaces for communities in New York and Philadelphia. So be on the lookout—Timberland could be coming to your city next.

In addition, Timberland has a global commitment to tree planting and has planted over 9.2 million trees since 2001, with a goal to reach 10 million by 2020.

“A big part of [being Earthkeepers] is pulling on our boots to serve in our communities. We’re committed to protect and restore the outdoors, but not just the great outdoors; also the city parks, community gardens, and green spaces people explore every day.” ~ Colleen Vien

So, what are your wardrobe values?

wear your values: shop timberland today 

With spring (finally) in the air—it’s the perfect time to do some spring cleaning, starting with your wardrobe.

Seventy percent of Timberland’s survey-takers said that donating to charity was how they chose to get rid of older clothing.  But men—although leading the pack when it comes to eco-conscious buying—need to step up their donation game. Women are 14% more likely than men to give their clothes to charity, while a whopping 82% of men are more likely than women to throw their old clothes away. Need help?

Timberland’s new partnership with Community Recycling makes it easier to give your old clothes new life.

(Psssst: this is also how you score 10% off.)

Nearly 80% of Americans wish brands and retailers would sell more clothing options that are better for the environment. Well, we’re with that 80%. And Timberland is making it easy to go green this Earth Day, with shoes, jackets, and bags that will make you look as good as you’ll feel knowing that by wearing them, you’re making a positive impact on the environment in which we live, as well as uplifting some of the communities most affected by climate change.

We may disagree about a lot of things, but it’s encouraging to see more and more of us do agree that the hottest thing in fashion is eco-consciousness.~

wear your values: shop timberland today 


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Relephant Bonus: Waylon unboxes his new Timberland Boots.

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Editor: Khara-Jade Warren 

 

 

 

 

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Vee Lee Lee May 11, 2018 5:49am

Oh my. I'm loving those off white boots. The men's look better than the women's though so I might have to chunky up my foot fashion cos I want em!

Cathy Cashmere May 10, 2018 1:52pm

So many great choices here, so much benefit and they have to add leather - totally knocks us cruelty free, vegans out of the market

Eidas Gal May 9, 2018 3:32am

^ how was that allowed to be posted on this site. I can see it was taken down. however when I logged into my computer THIS "try this summer diet plan to lose more belly fat than ever" is the article that was suggested to me. Do you know how many girls would instantly click that?! I even considered it... it's sick... I don't want to be socialized by these sorts of messages that why I used to read elephant journal.

Eidas Gal May 9, 2018 3:27am

Elephant Journal and when I searched for the article on the search bar it was all ads for amazon bikinis and ect.

Eidas Gal May 9, 2018 3:26am

Elephant Journal https://www.elephantjournal.com/now/try-this-summer-diet-plan-to-lose-more-belly-fat-than-ever/ THIS

Eidas Gal May 9, 2018 3:22am

Khara-Jade Warren They are still popping up... One for MINDFUL INSTAGRAM PAGES. My gosh

Elephant Journal May 9, 2018 1:56am

Eidas Gal Hey there! We don't have an article with that title. If you could link us to that one so we can investigate, that'd be helpful!

Eidas Gal May 9, 2018 12:14am

Khara-Jade Warren I do read directly.. I hardly use my facebook but when I commented on this post I guess it commented on my facebook. Thanks I will opt out. An article popped up yesterday something along the lines of "5 ways to get a bikini body." That's garbage compared to what used to be on here in 2014... It's SO diluted. Sad. Sad. Sad. and double the price.

Khara-Jade Warren May 8, 2018 7:02pm

Eidas Gal Actually, you'll find, if you read us direct that is, that our content is better than ever. If you're reading us through Facebook, however, you'll only see our most popular, viralish, classic stuff most likely, thanks to their algorithm, which is killing independent media like us. What you received is part of our effort to reach dear readers who are literally no longer seeing us. It's quite easy to opt out of, just click the x

Roxanne Nelson May 4, 2018 2:02am

Are these boots leather-free? I can't find where it specifically says so.

Eidas Gal May 3, 2018 7:04pm

Shanon Hoffman Shanon Hoffman hi I do usually pay annually but the content has been getting quite diluted over the years and the price doubled. Wasn't it $12/year... Ive paid that every year. I literally logged on to my computer and this popped up.. I thought elephantjournal was better than that. I've been a member for 4 years now and passed the site a long to a lot of

Lindsey Block May 3, 2018 5:15pm

This is pretty cool. I think (sadly) most of the shoes in my closet aren't this eco or hip.

Shanon Hoffman May 3, 2018 4:28pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWIfSqG4B6Y&list=PLekWCDSuJ62KG0gbXFHDqZRqV0pj2ajPz&index=6

Shanon Hoffman May 3, 2018 4:12pm

Nancy, recycling's better than the alternative. ~ Waylon Lewis

Shanon Hoffman May 3, 2018 4:12pm

Dear Eidas, we work (proudly) with mindful sponsors. You do realize that independent media can't afford to be free—we want to pay writers and editors to do good work for you. Do you subscribe? If you do, you see far fewer ads, and only ads from our favorite partners. elephantjournal.com/subscribe (it's cheap to you, huge to us, and you get to read unlimited) ~ Waylon Lewis

Shanon Hoffman May 3, 2018 4:06pm

Ali, I'm vegan, and these boots are a huuuuge step forward, doing many ethical and environmental boxes. Many vegan products (and again, i'm vegan) are toxic vinyl etc. We can and should cheer progress, not perfection--too often perfect is the enemy of the good. Also, would love to see what boots you recommend--I'm always in the market ~ Waylon Lewis

Puranjot Kaur May 3, 2018 4:01pm

No kidding!!!WTF

ALi Severus May 3, 2018 2:54pm

"At Timberland, we are known primarily for our heritage of making leather boots, and secondarily for our commitment to the environment. With that said, we don’t offer any vegan-certified products at this time." How is this ethical? Please.

Nancy Dean May 3, 2018 12:46pm

30% Recycled Pet? Now that's bothersome...

Eidas Gal May 3, 2018 8:10am

yay pop ads for ELEPHANT JOURNAL when I log on the computer telling me to BUY timberland boots........ very disappointed.

David Rogers May 3, 2018 12:02am

Every so often Big Co. does good. Bravo to you TimberLumberHipsterJack...if you made platypus width shoes I would buy a pair of the off white ones.