Timberland owner stops buying leather from Brazil

NEW YORK (AP) – The owner of Timberland, Vans and several other shoe and clothing brands said Thursday that it has stopped buying leather from Brazil as fires continue to destroy the Amazon rainforest in that country.

VF Corp said it won’t purchase leather and hide from Brazilian suppliers until it’s assured that the materials “do not contribute to environmental harm in the country”.

VF, based in North Carolina, said five per cent of the leather it purchases for its products comes from Brazil.