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Baffin launches citizenship boot project

Although Baffin's corporate citizenship team planned this project, it was executed by the donated time and efforts of Baffin employees.

April 22, 2022   by CM Staff

STONEY CREEK — Baffin has announced the launch of its Citizenship Boot Project, an initiative to provide cold-weather footwear to those in need.

Baffin creates its products using a mix of recycled materials and donated goods. The company says it has manufactured over 1,300 boots in Baffin’s Stoney Creek, Ont. factory and will be donated to organizations in North America.

The Citizenship Boot Project also uses regrind material from completed boots that did not meet quality standards. The company places these boots into a regrind machine to be recycled and used again. The Baffin facility works to repurpose as much rubber as possible to reduce waste. Baffin’s regular production boots use 5 to 10 per cent regrind materials, while the boots in this program are comprised of 50 per cent regrind material.

Felix Compounds and Aurora Plastics donated 1,000 kilos of materials to the program to supplement the regrind materials.

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Although Baffin’s corporate citizenship team planned this project, it was executed by the donated time and efforts of Baffin employees over four days to manufacture and package the boots.

“At Baffin, we understand the importance of having the proper footwear to conquer the cold and are acutely aware that many people living in cold climates do not have the means to properly outfit themselves to be protected by the elements,” said Mark Hubner, senior vice president, brand and strategy in a statement.

“We are thrilled to be able to use our expertise in footwear technology and the production of recycled materials to provide those in need with the warmth they deserve.”