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Timberland


Timberland is an American outerwear manufacturer founded in 1952 and headquartered in Stratham, New Hampshire. It creates outdoor recreation products, including clothing, shoes, and accessories for consumers around the world.

VF Corporation owns Timberland along with The North Face, JanSport, Vans, Dickies, Eastpak, Eagle Creek, among others (more than 30 outdoor, activity-based lifestyle, and workwear brands in total).

Timberland specializes in boots, shoes, clothing, and accessories for winter, hiking, and other outdoor adventures. It creates streetwear and workwear for women, men, and kids.

Timberland is committed to improving its environmental performance and social responsibility in the supply chain. Together with its parent company and other corporate siblings, it innovates to have a lower impact on the environment.

Timberland aims to preserve the world, the people, and environments through collaboration and innovation. It wants to build stronger communities and a more inclusive company as a force for social and environmental good.


Sustainability Rating: 6/10

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Category: Clothing, shoes, bags, accessories

For: Women, men, children

Type: Basics, outerwear, sneakers, boots, sandals

Style: Casual

Quality: Medium

Price: $$

Sizes: XS-XL, 4-12 (US), 6-14 (UK), 34-42 (EU), 6-14 (AU)

Fabrics: Cotton, linen, hemp, jute, lyocell, viscose, acetate, aramid, polyester, nylon, spandex, acrylic, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyurethane, rubber, leather, wool, down

100% Organic: No

100% Vegan: No

Ethical & Fair: Yes

Recycling: 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: Bluesign, FSC, RDS, LWG


Sustainability Practices

"With a great passion for Nature, comes great responsibility, to create responsible products and protect Nature for generations to come.
Together, we can make a difference."


Timberland aims to create a positive impact on the environment and tries to lessen its footprint. It plants trees and promotes jobs, clean air, and unity.

Timberland uses a medium proportion of sustainable materials such as natural material, including better cotton (BCI), linen, hemp, and jute. It also uses a fair amount of recycled polyester and regenerated nylon.

Timberland still makes plenty of its clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories using polluting, synthetic, petroleum-based fibers, such as polyester, nylon, spandex, acrylic, polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyurethane.

The outdoor brand also creates some garments with semi-synthetic fibers or man-made regenerated cellulosic fabrics such as Tencel lyocell, acetate, and viscose.

As part of VF Corporation, Timberland uses the same supply chain as its parent company. It publishes a list of its manufacturing and processing facilities and makes it available publicly on its corporate website.

It also 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.

Timberland doesn't use any exotic animal skin, or hair, fur, angora. But it uses leather, wool, and down feathers to manufacture some of its clothes and shoes.

These animal-derived materials are cruel and unethical. They also harm the environment by producing greenhouse gases and wastes. More sustainable alternatives exist.


Sustainability Goals

Together with VF Corporation, Timberland 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.

Timberland 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).

Timberland 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.

Timberland 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.


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