The global lifestyle brand announced Thursday that it has partnered with Thread fabric to release a line of shoes and bags made from plastic bottles sourced from developing countries.
The collection will be released in spring 2017.
Using materials collected from the streets and canals of Haiti and Honduras, Thread’s environmentally sustainable textiles create clean neighborhoods and jobs for thousands of people in the developing world.
Timberland’s director of sustainability Colleen Vien said in a statement that the label is “beyond excited” about the partnership.
“From the moment we met them, we knew this had the potential to be far more than a supplier relationship,” Vien said. “Building community has always been at the heart of Timberland, and we were also inspired by the Haiti connection, given our work there over the past five years. Any time we find an opportunity to create both environmental and social value, that’s a big win. And Thread does just that.”
Thread CEO Ian Rosenberger praised Timberland’s longstanding commitment to the environment and social responsibility.
“Working together transparently, we’re able to look beyond recycled materials toward the rich social impact consumers care about and the stories that bring beautiful products to life,” he added.