Timberland X Thread is a range of men’s footwear, backpacks, bags and T-shirts. This is a collaboration between global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland and Thread, a company that transforms plastic bottles into fabric. It combines Timberland’s large supply chain and loyal customer base with Thread’s responsible, transparent approach to creating premium fabrics and vital jobs in the developing world.
Both companies look beyond the environmental value of recycled plastic bottles to focus on responsibility, transparency, and creating social value. The shoes and boots are crafted with durable uppers in Thread fabric made with 50 per cent post-consumer recycled PET, 50 per cent recycled PET mesh lining for comfort and breathability, and a durable outsole made of 15 per cent recycled rubber.
Duffel bags and backpack are made with Thread fabric and waterproof leather trims. T-shirts are made with 50 per cent Thread fabric and 50 per cent reclaimed cotton from fabric scraps.
The partnership comes on the heels of Timberland’s support last fall of Thread’s initiative which addresses the problem of undignified and child labor in global supply chains, with a targeted focus on Haiti. Timberland supports the people of Haiti following a five-year tree-planting effort to help smallholder farmers reach self-sufficiency. Timberland hopes to transition from being a supporter of smallholder farmers to purchasing cotton from them for the brand’s supply chain.