1.Made in Africa
Dechase is proudly made in Africa, by Africans.
At Dechase, we aspire to contribute to a ‘new Africa’. An Africa in which a substantially large share of value creation is captured locally. By local people. 100% of Dechase’s production process is done, locally, in Ethiopia. Thus impacting the lives of many households in a sustainable way.
CAPTURING MORE VALUE, LOCALLY
Historically, the African continent has struggled with local value creation and African countries have often been used exclusively for ‘resourcing’ by international partners. We wish to change that narrative. And, we believe the fashion industry, with a strong cultural heritage and local creative capabilities, is a great vantage point for African countries to showcase itself as a production powerhouse to the rest of the world.
We take pride in making sure our local craftsmen and women work in impeccable working conditions and are financially compensated above local standards. Whilst Addis Ababa is where it all started for Dechase, we aspire to put the entire African content on the map as a prime location for outsourcing high-quality (fashion) production.
Dechase is committed to support a new fashion ecosystem. To ensure the longevity of ethical fashion production, we join forces with both local and international trailblazers that add continuous value to sustainable and local production.
COLLABORATE TO INNOVATE
In 2017, Dechase was appointed official partner of ‘MVO Nederland’ to spearhead a new initiative: ‘SWITCH’: Africa Green Again’. In this initiative, we endeavour to position Ethiopia as a local powerhouse for sustainable employment opportunities within the industry. In parallel, we promote the latest developments and research aimed at the reduction of environmental impact in leather processing.
Together with leading organisations, Solidaridad and STAHL we seek innovative ways for sustainable tanning initiatives to produce leather that cuts down on the use of chemicals, energy, water and salt.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
We strive to go above and beyond only environmental impact. We passionately seek to implement international best practices in all facets of the new African fashion ecosystem. We are always actively looking for partners and collaborators with whom we can foster local knowledge hubs. For the benefit of local sustainable production.
3. Sustainable production
We strive to implement a 100% eco-friendly production process with 100% eco-friendly materials.
Currently, our main leather suppliers are members of the ‘Leather Working Group’ (LWG) gold standard. The LWG seeks to improve sustainability within the leather manufacturing industry by providing suppliers with guidelines for continuous improvement. We do not use fur, the skins of exotic animals (such as crocodiles & pythons), or those of endangered species.
RECYCLE & RE-USE
The leather used by our tanneries is sourced in the food industry and is commonly known as a byproduct from food production processes.We effectively recycle the wastage of food production processes. In this sourcing strategy, we select only the best possible suppliers. Suppliers who value animal well-being and provide the best possible traceability. Our main sole provider is locally sourced in Ethiopia. This supplier works with 100% renewable energy and recovers/reuses at least 50-70 % of their waste. Besides being manufactured sustainably, the soles are also very light in weight and made of durable materials.
We are using locally sourced TPR thermoplastic rubber that has the melting and molding properties of plastic while still maintaining some of the flexible properties of rubber. Among the many advantages of thermoplastic rubbers, we value the ability to recycle the material highly. Thermoplastic rubbers are perfect for recycling as they prove to be easily molded and extruded.
In the beginning of 2019, we introduced a new shoebox. Although this shoebox might not be the “prettiest”, it drives a positive change for the world’s ecological durability.We are lucky to have clients that understand this and support us in making positive environmental endeavours. Our new shoebox is made of 100% recycled cardboard and is 100% biodegradable. Furthermore, we produce our shoeboxes in 3 different sizes, to reduce the ecological footprint of each box.
We believe that every effort counts and will make a big difference in the long-term. For this reason, we would like to walk on this path towards a sustainable future together with you and every shoebox. As mentioned, we work with suppliers that value environmentally sustainable processes. We and our partners are constantly looking for (technological) improvements that can help us to foster an even more eco-friendly production process.
Below, you will find a brief overview of some of the certificates our local partners have.
- Social Aspects
- Audits WC
- 9001 Environmental Management
- Systems 14001 Quality Management Systems
- LWG Gold
4. Giving back, locally
Dechase is about empowering local communities to provide sustainable livelihoods for themselves. We do this directly, by sourcing locally and leveraging a local (talented) workforce.
But, we do also do this, indirectly, via our ‘giving back’ projects. In our first project in 2018, we gifted a local school in Ocha with a school years’ worth of study materials for +600 students. As we proceed and grow as a brand, we strive to take small steps (and project) that will make a sustainable impact in our local communities.
We take pride in planting seeds in communities that will continue to grow with us for the many years to come.