Timberland’s Design for Disassembly boots are designed entirely with cradle-to-cradle goals in mind. 

Timberland was one of the first mainstream fashion companies to build recycling and cradle-to-cradle thinking into their collections. The Design for Disassembly (DFD) boots produced by Timberland were a precursor to their current and more holistic approach to socially and environmentally sound production standards.

The DFD boots themselves are highly recyclable and the company encourages buyers to return the boots once worn through, to improve recycling rates. DFD shoes use fewer materials and more recycled content than earlier generations of Timberland’s Earthkeepers boots, helping to keep materials out of landfills.

We hold ourselves accountable for what goes into our products as well as how they’re made, and we’re constantly seeking innovative solutions to reduce their environmental impact.

Collen Vien – Sustainability Director for Timberland.

Why you should care

Timberland has progressed from making shoes more recyclable to establishing environmentally responsible product standards across their range of products. Incorporating recycled materials, using organic cotton and eliminating the use of PVC plastics are all part of their current approach to make the fashion industry more sustainable.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Responsible Consumption and Production

Including recycled materials into new products and encouraging responsible end-of-life behavior helps to reduce landfill waste.

Climate Action

Timberland has saved approximately 500 metric tons of carbon with its switch to DFD Earthkeepers boots, according to the company.