How Hush Puppies Shoes Sparked A Water Crisis

Wolverine Worldwide is home to brands like Chaco, Sperry, Merrell and Hush Puppies. It's also a $2.4 billion global corporation 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. Wolverine's tannery waste leached those toxic chemicals in the ground for years, contaminating residents drinking water and the local river.

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