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Timberland reveals use of organic cotton

Fashion brand Timberland has announced its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) results for Q3 2017. The report is broken down into Product, Outdoors, and Community.

In Q3, Timberland says 79 per cent of all cotton used in Timberland apparel was either organic, or US origin, or Better Cotton Initiative certified.

The company also claims that its use of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) was 52 grams per pair of shoes, and 93.7 per cent of leather came from tanneries that have silver or gold ratings by the Leather Working Group.

Timberland sourced from 365 factories in Q3 with 99 per cent of them meeting the company’s compliance standards. 32 per cent of energy used by the company was from renewable sources, with the aim of reaching 50 per cent still not achieved.

Landfill diversion rose to 75 per cent from 54 per cent in the previous year. In regard to workers, there was an increase in benefit and hours utilisation in Q3 2017, as Timberland employees worked a total of 12,953 hours.

Timberland, alongside the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) and Haiti’s minister of commerce and industry, recently announced the reintroduction of cotton as an anchor crop in Haiti, after a 30 year absence. The company says the project will revitalise over 17,000 farms, while adding to the economy and contributing positively to the environment as it plans to plant millions of trees. Cotton was once the fourth largest agricultural export from Haiti before it disappeared by the late 1980s. Its demise was due largely to external pressures and internal politics, not climate or environmental concerns.
Source: EcoTextile News (Tuesday, December 12, 2017)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

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