Keen's iconic women's hiking boot has been updated with a new look for your 2022 outdoor adventures. Retaining the fit, durability, and performance of the award-winning Targhee waterproof boot, the new and improved Targhee III is one of the most environmentally friendly boots on the market, perfect for the consumer looking to make more sustainable choices.
The Targhee III Mid has been consciously created, crafted from eco-friendly leather made in Leather Working Group-certified tanneries that reduce chemical use and the impact on our watersheds. Whatsmore, it also features PFC-free water repellency (PFCs - Perfluorinated Chemicals), meaning it is free from the Perfluorinated Chemicals present in many alternatives on that market that degrade very slowly and persist in the environment. Finally, Keen have also utilized Cleansport NXT insoles in the Targhee III Mid, to help eliminate pesticides and biocides from the environment. These insoles are infused with microbes which lay dormant and invisible in the material of the product and are activated when they come in contact with sweat, helping to reduce any odours.
Its not just their sustainable credentials that set the Targhee III Mid apart though. They also feature Keen's signature waterproof and breathable membrane keeps outside moisture at bay while allowing inside moisture to escape and an all-terrain rubber outsole for higher-traction grip.
We know our customers like to know exactly what they're buying; we're not going to sugar coat it, but we are going to explain it. We've divided up all of the sustainable features we've identified across our product ranges and grouped them into three so you know how your purchase is making an impact: Think Nature, Think Welfare, Think People.
The Keen Women's Targhee III Mid Waterproof - Toasted Coconut/Porcelain has the following sustainability attributes...
The way that we look after our clothes once we take them home can make a big impact, and this includes how often we wash them. Skipping just one out of ten washes leads to a reduction in total toxicity, lower CO2 emissions, and the release of fewer microplastics. Odour control technologies like POLYGIENE and naturally odour resistant fabrics like merino wool can help to reduce the number of times that we wash a garment by keeping it fresher for longer, in turn making it last longer.
Leather production has a significant impact on the planet, using excessive amounts of water and polluting it with harmful chemicals. Certain organisations and producers are making efforts to reduce the environmental impact of leather production on the planet, such as non-profits like the Leather Working Group, who have been auditing the leather manufacturing process from tanneries to retailers since 2005, and Perwanger, a quality leather producer prioritizing the environment
Products using natural fibres can range from cotton to wool to hemp and silk - but by being naturally made, they will also naturally biodegrade at their end of lifecycle. Even if you have a natural fibre product, it can probably still be recycled or repurposed before being disposed of. However, if it truly has reached the end of its use, natural fibres need air to biodegrade so please don't dispose of them in landfill.
Fluorinated DWR finishes make clothing waterproof by repelling water droplets. ‘PFCs’ is the broad term for all fluorocarbon chemicals, of which PFOS and PFOA are sub-groups. Different chemicals in this family have a varying number of carbon atoms, so C6 has six carbon atoms and C8 has eight. While the outdoor industry has moved away from C8 (or 'long chain') PFCs, C6 (short chain) PFCs are currently unbeatable in their waterproofing performance. They're considered less harmful to the environment than C8, but they have not been proven to be safe. PFCs are known as forever chemicals; once created they will never break down and are harmful to people and the planet. To read more about the chemistry related to PFCs, head here.
PFC-Free DWR uses alternative, biodegradable technologies that repels water from the surface of a fabric - such as Fjallraven's Greenland Wax. PFC-Free DWR coatings are water resistant enough for most daily activities, so if you don’t need a highly technical waterproof, consider a PFC-Free garment instead.
This brand ensures that the factories they use have been third party audited but are not specifically partnered with a Non-Profit Organisation. This will be either BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) or SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit), which are social auditing methologies and reports but are not an accreditation. This means the brand has sourced factories who have passed an audit, so their worker rights, environmental impact and social compliance is up to scratch.