Sustainability is more than a buzzword—it’s the foundation on which our business model is based.
We believe in being forward-thinking, promoting knowledge, transparency, and being conscious in our consumption and offering. To us, this means being kind to both people and planet.
We believe in providing a solid infrastructure for economic and regenerative income for our brand partners, which means crafting one that is built to provide longevity and uphold our value system.
Industrie Africa’s Sustainability icon celebrates the designers adhering to sustainable principles within their businesses. While all brands featured on Industrie Africa cater to the conscious shopper, the clearly marked icon offers you the choice to invest in brands that are taking exceptional steps toward positive change in our industry.
Designers on Industrie Africa who have been awarded the Sustainability icon are hand-picked for their efforts within the below criteria.
Brands adhering to this pillar take action to lessen the impact of manufacturing processes, such as conserving water and energy in the process of raw materials, using natural and low-impact dyeing techniques, and waste reduction treatments. Brands also consider the following ways to reduce impact on the environment: the use of natural materials and fibers in production; materials that have low environmental impact or reduce environmental impact (including the use of sustainably-sourced animal skins as by-products); and the adoption of processes that employ renewable energy.
Brands that make clear and straight-forward information available regarding where products are made and the makers that make them. Material sourcing is a considered process, and enables decent working conditions that minimize any negative impact on local people and the environment. Brands must ensure all workers in its operations have decent working conditions that adhere to minimum labour standards, including fair wages and treatment.
Brands that support local talent, skills and craftsmanship that make up the informal economy while preserving heritage and handiwork. Intrinsic to this pillar are brands that create products with longevity and durability in mind, and see the value in traditional skill revival and how it benefits communities.
Brands that design with circularity in mind, using creatively and innovatively recycled, upcycled or repurposed materials in production; products themselves are recyclable or designed with the intention of eventual reuse.