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  • Merrell Corporate Sustainability


    At Merrell, we’re not just about making great hiking boots and running shoes – we’re also about giving back to the community and giving future generations a place to explore and get outside. You may not notice when you tear open that box of new hiking shoes or outdoor apparel and hit the trails, but all our packaging is made with recycled material. Plus, we’ve taken steps to improve sustainability in our manufacturing process. Learn more about how our corporate sustainability policies are a part of everything we do.
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    Product & Packaging Sustainability

    We think our best footprint is the one you never see. Conserving natural resources by reusing and recycling product materials and packaging is helping to reduce our impact on the earth.

    • Shoe boxes and packaging are made from 100% recycled materials (85% post- consumer/15% pre-consumer).

    • Package printing uses soy-based inks.

    • One-piece shoe box construction reduces material consumption and the use of water-based adhesives.

    •  Tissue paper is 100% post-consumer recycled

    •  Shoe stuffers are 100% post-consumer recycled "egg crate" inserts.

    •  Shipping cartons are made from 100% recycled content. Inbound cartons are reused and eventually recycle.

    • Synergy insulation in our Primaloft Eco apparel uses recycled materials to sustainably keep you warm.

    • Our vegan-friendly line of footwear helps you look good and feel good with the guarantee that no animal products were used in these 100% synthetic shoes.

  • Energy Savings & Recycling
    Energy Savings & Recycling

    As part of Merrell’s corporate sustainability practices, we recycle and update our equipment to align with the latest energy efficiency guidelines. Renewable energy costs more, but the investment we're making today is helping fund the greener technologies of tomorrow—not to mention making our skies a little bit bluer.

    • Since 2007, we've been one of the largest purchasers of renewable energy in the state of Michigan.

    • We recycle batteries, cell phones, glass and paper.

    • We sponsor biannual electronic recycling drives.

    • We've eliminated printed reports and replaced old, inefficient printers with efficient duplex printers.

  • Green Initiatives
    Green Initiatives

    In addition to our conservation and recycling efforts, we've undertaken a number of green initiatives to protect and preserve our favorite place to be—outside.

    • We've created 3.5 miles of walking trails on our Rockford, MI campus.

    • Composting our yard waste fertilizes our flower beds and minimizes the use of pesticides.

    • We've planted wildflowers and placed birdhouses in various areas to attract and preserve wild life.

    • Our employees are encouraged to participate in Bike-to-Work Weeks and monthly summer rides.

    • We use green cleaning technology wherever possible, including eco-friendly equipment, chemicals, paper and other supplies for greater sustainability.

    • Our cafeteria composts all food waste and uses biodegradable and compostable plates, cups and utensils.

  • People and Community
    People and Community

    Treating our people and communities with respect is important to us. Each year we donate aid and thousands of employee hours in support of community organizations and causes. We care about our neighbors and colleagues.

    Community Involvement

    Each Merrell office around the world does local community service projects ranging from volunteering in grade schools to trail clean ups

    • Since 1958 we've championed charitable education, environment, youth and family organizations.

    • We donate returned and gently used footwear and apparel to a roster of aid and human service organizations.

    Fair Labor
    For us, sustainability extends beyond how we treat our planet into how we treat our people. When you take care of your employees, you have a happier, healthier workforce committed to a quality product.

    • We and our parent company, Wolverine Worldwide, uphold the highest standards of labor practices, including human and workers' rights in all aspects of our supply chain.

    • We work closely with each vendor to ensure that their factories provide a safe and healthy working environment for all employees.

  • Giving our Best
    Giving our Best

    Merrell’s corporate sustainability and responsibility practices extend beyond how we handle our products and our people and into how we help our communities. Throughout the years, we've made donations to relief efforts and charitable organizations around the world. We believe we're at our best when we lend a hand to those who need our help.

    • Thanks to our creative spin on fundraising, including holding adventure races, massage events and even cookbook sales, we have the highest rate of employee contributions to West Michigan's United Way, raising $585,000 in 2010.

    • Our donations to the Soles4Souls program includes 4,000 pairs of shoes sent to Haiti and more than 4,000 pairs to Japan and Alabama disaster relief.

    • We donate thousands of gently used returns and samples to local organizations, like Goodwill and the Women's Resource Center every year.

    • We also support our community through donations to the Two Ten Footwear Foundation.