Recycled Plastic Bottles Are Being Transformed Into Shoes And Bags

Recycled Plastic Bottles Are Being Transformed Into Shoes And Bags

Timberland's partnership with Thread International creates environmentally sustainable textiles and jobs for workers in the developing world

Lauren Kirkwood
  • 15 june 2016

Global retail chain Timberland has partnered with Thread, a company that hires workers in developing countries to create environmentally sustainable textiles, to release a line of shoes and bags crafted from plastic bottles.

Thread uses materials collected in Honduras and Haiti to craft its fabrics, creating jobs for thousands of people in the developing world in the process, according to the company.


Because Thread fabric is tracked throughout its creation, the partnership will allow Timberland customers to learn about the workers who’ve helped create the products they buy, as well as understand the impact each boot or bag has had on developing communities.

“Working together transparently, we’re able to look beyond recycled materials toward the rich social impact consumers care about and the stories that bring consumers to life,” Thread CEO Ian Rosenberger said in a statement.

Timberland | Thread

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