KEEN X Sherpa Adventure Gear
2nd October 2019 by Emma Mathias
Introducing the KEEN x Sherpa Adventure Gear Innate Hiking Boot.
KEEN and Sherpa Adventure Gear have teamed together to create the Innate hiking boot.
Their values are woven into the soul of this unique collaboration. Together they’re taking action to give back and create a better future for communities in Nepal in both a meaningful and effective way. For every pair of Innate boots sold, KEEN & Sherpa will donate €15 to Room to Read.
The organisation ‘Room to Read®' seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries, like Nepal, by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.
About Room To Read
‘We Believe that World Change Starts with Educated Children.®’
Room to Read transforms the lives of millions of children through literacy and gender equality in education.
Room to Read began in 1998 with an idea. Whilst on a trek in Nepal, co-founder John Wood, visited a school of 450 pupils with a few books. The headmaster said ‘Perhaps, sir, you will someday come back with books’. This began a collaboration with Dinesh Shrestha that saw John return to Nepal with 3,000 books collected from friends and family. Shortly after, John co-founded Room To Read with Erin Ganju and Dinesh Shrestha and opened its Global headquarters in San Francisco.
From there, Room to Read has grown into a global non-profit bringing literacy and education to children all over Asia and Africa.
They envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and the world. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, they develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
Better Takes Action is KEEN’s tagline and it’s in the very essence of their business. Since they began making outdoor footwear in 2003, Keen have donated more the $15 million to non-profit organisations and causes around the world.
They seek to be a change engine for good business by leaving the world a better place than when they found it. They aim to do this by 1) Giving Back, 2) Taking Action, and 3) Reducing their Impact.
- Giving Back – KEEN have a number of core non-profit partners that they support as well as responding to natural disasters and providing grants to grass root organisations.
- Taking Action – KEEN use their powerful voice to create lasting change by activating communities to protect and preserve their local ecosystems. In 2015 they created the ‘Live Monumental Movement’ which resulted in the protection of 3 key wilderness areas in the United States.
- Reducing their impact – Looking to reach the highest standards of social and environmental standards in manufacturing through transparency and innovation, KEEN are committed to constantly doing better.
About Sherpa Adventure Gear
‘A small brand can change the world’
Sherpa Adventure Gear are a Sherpa founded outdoor clothing brand, dedicated to providing economic and social stability to the people of Nepal through steady employment, quality working conditions and educational opportunities for future generations.
Work. Not Charity
Making products in Nepal is so important to local communities. By bringing meaningful employment and income to so many, they are able to make a lasting difference in local people’s lives. It takes 8 days to create a hand-crafted sweater and Sherpa employ 650 knitters in peak season to create their vast array of brightly coloured knitwear.
Saying ‘Made in Nepal’ is so important to Sherpa – socially, economically and environmentally. Because they are Sherpa-founded, they are proud to report that many of our products come directly from Kathmandu.
Sherpa are committed to constantly improving the environmental impact of sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, distribution and recycling efforts throughout all phases of the business. They always strive to do better.
For every garment Sherpa Adventure Gear sells, a small donation is made to provide scholarships to children who grow up in remote Himalayan villages. Provided education to children who otherwise would have none.
The Innate Boot
The KEEN X Sherpa Innate boot is made from premium, environmentally preferred Nubuck leather and uses a PFC-Free water repellent treatment to ensure your conscience is as light as your step. Firm traction and eco anti-odour technology ensure you’ll never want to take these boots off.
Inspired by Nepal, they feature the endless knot pattern which represents the intertwining of wisdom and compassion.
KEEN Innate Leather Mid WP LTD Men's
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