Terra is a Canadian footwear manufacturer founded in 1971 and headquartered in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. It creates safety shoes, casual work boots, and trail runners for consumers around the world.
Terra is committed to making the world a better place. It preserves the world, the people, and the environments through collaboration, innovative functionality, and world-class craftsmanship.
Terra strives to lead movements to inspire everyone to live active and sustainable lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. It constantly develops new materials and advanced design constructions for increased comfort and protection.
American clothing and footwear manufacturer VF Corporation owns Terra as well as other brands such as Eagle Creek, The North Face, Timberland, Vans, Dickies, Eastpak, JanSport, Kodiak, and Altra.
Sustainability Rating: 4/10
For: Women, men
Type: Boots, sneakers
Fabrics: Acetate, nylon, polypropylene, polyurethane, rubber, leather, wool
100% Organic: No
100% Vegan: No
Ethical & Fair: Yes
Producing country: Albania, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Keny, Mauritius, Mexico, Republic Of Moldova, Morocco, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Vietnam
Certifications: FSC, RWS, LWG
Terra is part of one of the biggest apparel retailers in the world. It believes it has a responsibility to make the world a better place. It leverages its scale and impact to protect people and the planet.
The brand wants to help limit climate change by dramatically reducing the impact of its materials. Its Scale for Good business approach focuses on the environment, key materials and products, and worker wellbeing.
However, most of the fabrics used by Terra are highly polluting synthetic petroleum-based fibers such as nylon, polypropylene, and polyurethane.
The apparel brand has a Code of Business Conduct and Global Compliance Principles that apply to all its suppliers and subcontractors and sets a clear minimum standard for supply chain partners.
As part of VF Corporation, Terra publishes a list of its manufacturing and processing facilities and makes it available publicly on its corporate website. It monitors most of its supply chain and all its main production sites to ensure compliance with social and labor standards.
The company is expanding its traceability and transparency efforts as well as collaborating with human rights experts, governments, international organizations, and non-profits to conduct ongoing human rights due diligence.
The 2020 Fashion Transparency Index gave VF Corporation a score of 59% based on how much the group discloses about its social and environmental policies, practices, and impacts. VF Corporation earned 7th place in the top 10 most transparent brands.
Terra doesn't use any exotic animal skin, or hair, fur, angora. But it uses leather and wool to manufacture many of its products.
These animal-derived materials are cruel and unethical. They also harm the environment by producing greenhouse gases and wastes. More sustainable alternatives exist.
Terra commits to being a leader in the large-scale commercialization of circular business models by 2030.
It wants to contribute to local communities and empower consumers to live more active and sustainable lifestyles.
Terra has greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in line with meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.
It partners with global consultancy the Carbon Trust to gather data from its suppliers and plans an absolute reduction of Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 (2017 baseline).
Terra also plans an absolute reduction of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 (2017 baseline) through a focus on farm-to-retail materials, sourcing operations, and logistics.
Terra aims to halve its upstream environmental impact, farm-to-front door by 2050. It has a system in place to improve the lives of 2 million workers and their communities by 2025.
Discover Terra collections at terrafootwear.com.
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