How Hush Puppies shoes sparked a water contamination crisis
Wolverine Worldwide is a $2.4 billion global corporation home to brands like Chaco, Sperry, Merrell and Hush Puppies – and a point of contention in its hometown. For years, the shoemaker bought 3M Scotchgard coating to waterproof its Hush Puppies shoes. That coating contained a chemical compound called PFAS, which scientists now know can be toxic. Decades-old tannery waste leached those toxic chemicals in the ground for years, contaminating residents drinking water and the local river.