Posts Tagged ‘eco-conscious style’

A Sandal for All Seasons (Almost)

I’m not sure I’d strap it on in the middle of January when there’s a foot of snow outside — but any other time of year, the Earthkeepers Montvale Sandal is your go-to girl.  See?

Love: Contrast stitching detail, ankle strap and heel that’s stylish AND comfortable.
Don’t love:When it’s finally time to retire them for the winter.

You can shop for the Montvale (and our other closed-toe beauty the Wingate) on our website now.

Rock & Recycle: Expert Advice from Zero Hero

“Zero Hero” might sound like an oxymoron, but bear with me: this organization helps to make music and lifestyle festivals more eco-conscious and sustainable.  We caught up with Zero Hero founder Bryan Birch at the 2012 Wanderlust Festival in Vermont earlier this summer and he gave us some tips on how to enjoy summer’s best events without leaving a huge environmental impact:

Buddy Up.  Carpooling is way more fun than going solo anyway.  Another responsible alternative?  Using event-provided transportation, like the bio-diesel powered Wanderlust bus, to save gas money and CO2 emissions.

Wanderbus Roadtrip!

BYOBottle. Buying bottled water is so 2006.  Bring your own reusable bottle to fill on site to save a few bucks and spare the environment your plastic waste.

Dress for success. Mom always said wear clean underwear and that’s a good start – even better is topping it with clothing and footwear made with recycled and renewable materials. Like these:

Earthkeepers Wharf Bomber Jacket, made with recycled nylon

Earthkeepers Radler Trail Low Approach, featuring recycled PET linings and recycled rubber in the outsoles

To see what other eco-tips Bryan has for staying green while you’re festival-ing this summer, visit the Expert Advice section of our men’s website.

Kempton Carryall Wins Top Prize!

At last night’s Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA), designer Fiona Kempton of Kempton & Co. was announced the winner of the “Best Green Handbag” design.  Among the recycled and reclaimed materials used in this gorgeous bag are an old flour sack, scraps of leather and reclaimed hardware from 3 old bags from the Salvation Army!

Fiona Kempton's award-winning Wiltshire Carryall

We were excited to co-sponsored the “Best Green Handbag” category this year alongside Amorim Cork, the biggest world producer of natural cork products and a global leader in sustainable business practices. This marks Timberland’s third year sponsoring the Awards; as a company that’s rooted in the outdoors and committed to environmental stewardship, we’re got a natural affinity for green goods!

Through artful, handcrafted design using an eclectic collection of reclaimed materials, Fiona pays tribute to our most delicate resources.  She has created a bag that combines sustainability with style, embodying her dedication to preservation – all values that are aligned with Timberland’s eco-conscious philosophies. Much like our Earthkeepers® collection, the result is a fashion-forward design that consumers will love – and feel good about.

- Jackie LaLime, director of merchandising in North America, Timberland

A selection of Kempton & Co. designs will be sold for a limited time at select Timberland stores in the coming months. In addition, Kempton will be designing and producing a limited run of Timberland-inspired handbags featuring Amorim Cork that will be available for sale at select Timberland stores in the fall.

The IHDA celebrates the best in independent handbag design from around the world; to see the award winners in every category, check out the IHDA website.  And if you’re craving a great green bag of your own, check out our Earthkeepers handbag collection.

Cast Your Vote for Best Bag

Designers all over the world have submitted their entries for the 6th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA), presented by InStyle and Handbag Designer 101.  The only handbag competition of its kind in the world, the IHDA recognizes handbag excellence in nine categories, including Best Green Handbag – an IHDA award Timberland is proud to sponsor, along with Amorim Cork, for the third year in a row.  Timberland strives to use recycled, renewable and organic materials in our own products, and we’re happy to recognize and support handbag designers who share our love of green!

Meet the fabulous finalists in the Best Green Handbag category:

Now it’s your turn: one of the handbag awards will go to the Audience Fan Favorite – the handbag design that receives the most audience votes.  Just click through to the Audience Fan Favorite voting page and cast your vote for the bag you love best (one that’s made of recycled and sustainable materials, maybe?).

All of the winning designers and their handbags will be announced at the IHDA awards ceremony on June 13th.  Stay tuned – we’ll be sharing photos from the ceremony and details about the Best Green Handbag winner here on the Bootmakers Blog.