Bottles and Boots
If you walk by one of our store windows in the near future, you might see an image of a larger-than-life Timberland boot make entirely of recycled plastic bottles. The actual boot lives in the lobby of our headquarters building, serving as a visual reminder of the potential for Earthkeeping through the design of our products.
There’s no shortage of information out there about the ramifications of not recycling plastics – and we’re excited about the ways in which we’re turning that recycling effort into better material choices. We currently use recycled PET made from post-consumer plastic bottles in the linings, laces and uppers of some of our footwear, and are always looking for new ways to increase our use of this and other recycled and renewable materials in our products.
This video documents the actual construction of the giant plastic bottle boot by eco-artist Tim Gaudreau. Please note that no plastic bottles were harmed in the making of this film – in fact, the 3,000 that were used were spared an unfortunate demise in the landfill.