Fashion and footwear brand Timberland has announced a new set of sustainability targets across its product categories.
The standards – called Timberland Environmental Product Standards, or TEPS – include sourcing 100 per cent of cotton for clothes from organic, USA-origin or Better Cotton Initiative–certified sources and ensuring all footwear includes at least one material containing recycled, organic or renewable content.
It will also only use leather from tanneries that have achieved a Leather Working Group Gold or Silver rating and has banned PVC from footwear and clothes.
TEPS follow but go beyond the company's Earthkeepers collection, says Stewart Whitney, president of Timberland.
"With TEPS, we are setting environmental targets for all product categories, not just one collection," he comments.
"With this increased focus, we aim to reduce the environmental impact of virtually every product we make – across footwear, apparel and accessories. Over time, as our business continues to grow, this has the power to make a big difference."
As an outdoorsy type, Timberland has also committed to planting 10 million trees between 2001 and 2020, and creating and restoring urban outdoor spaces.