It’s not easy to build a better boot. But we try.

Ever since our very first waterproof boot, we’ve gone to great lengths to make sure everything we make stands up to the elements. In fact, we test our gear to make sure it helps you get out to enjoy the outdoors to its fullest. And because of that, we’ve earned a reputation for making gear that lasts. With our commitment to the environment, a lot of our initiatives help make the outdoors more sustainable. Like using Green Rubber™ soles, recycled PET materials, and organic cotton. We’re constantly looking for new innovations, too. Add to all that craftsmanship and old-fashioned Yankee ingenuity…and you’ve got our product philosophy.

Green Rubber™

Timberland® Earthkeepers™ shoes are made with the Earth in mind. Timberland is the first shoe company to use Green Rubber™ material in their soles. Green Rubber™ compound is made using DeLink™ technology—a process that converts scrap rubber, to a recycled compound that can then be reused in rubber products. Like shoe soles that provide all the traction and durability to live up to our high standards.

When you see the Green Rubber™ icon associated with a Timberland product it means the outsole in this product is made with 42% Recycled Materials™ material, which contains at least 85% post-consumer waste by weight.

Recycled PET (the stuff plastic bottles are made of)

Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour. (Source: The National Recycling Coalition). We use recycled PET in things like linings and laces for our products.

When you see the Recycled PET icon associated with a Timberland product it means one or more major component(s) (i.e. outsole, upper, lining, midsole or sockliner) contains at least 50% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the plastic used to make soda bottles.


Of all the things that make up the environmental footprint of a footwear company, the biggest contributor is not transport of product or the manufacturing process, but the materials we use. And, when your iconic product is a durable, built-to-last leather boot, you’re hard pressed to make substitutions. That’s why we work hard to establish relationships with partners who are dedicated not only to producing premium leathers but also to holding themselves accountable to strict environmental standards.

When you see the Leather Working Group (LWG) Silver-rated tannery icon associated with a Timberland product, that means that one or more major component(s) uses at least 50% leather tanned in a facility rated Silver or higher by a third-party environmental audit.



When you see the Organic Content icon associated with a Timberland product it means one or more major component(s) contain(s) at least 50% certified organic material, like organic cotton.



ReCancas™ fabric looks and feels just like traditional cotton canvas and carries with it all of the same attributes, but is made with recycled post-consumer plastic bottles (PET). ReCanvas™ is as lightweight, breathable, and durable as traditional canvas, but is made with the environment in mind. Click here to learn more about ReCanvas.


ReNet™ Fabric

Known as ghost nets, a massive number of fishing nets and ropes have been left or lost in our oceans where they can become a hazard to marine wildlife and even divers. ReNet™ fabric is a special material, utilizing the nylon left behind to create a repurposed textile that performs as well as virgin nylon.A newly developed de-polymerization process allows nylon products to be recycled, returning them to their original chemistry and ready for reuse. Through this process, ghost nets, waste ropes, and other discarded nylon goods are convert into ReNet™ fabric. Click here to learn more about ReNet Fabric.