Equator – the Belt Factory™️

Sustainability consulting & communications, employee engagement and Green Star SA

A belt factory on a committed journey to sustainability, carbon neutrality and circular economy

Equator – the Belt Factory™️ is a belt and accessory manufacturer in Durban on a long-term committed sustainability journey. Ecolution Consulting are the lead sustainability consultants on the project, offering general sustainability and green building strategy and guidance, sustainability communications as well as Green Star SA consulting. Equator is now the first member of the local fashion (CTFL) supply industry to achieve a Five Star Green Star Certification for Existing Building Performance from the Green Building Council of South Africa.

Client: Equator Group
Project location: Pinetown, Durban
Certification: 5 Star EBP custom industrial

Project Details

The end goal is circular economy and carbon neutrality of the product. That ideal is currently far off, however, we are working with Equator on short, medium and long-term strategies and actions that include the factory building and operations, raw materials, packaging and logistics. We also work with Equator on their internal and external communications, as well as employee engagement campaigns and workshops. View their 2019 sustainability overview here

Sustainable Interventions so far include:

Energy Efficiency

  •  Metering
  • Hyper-efficient Cooling
  •  LED and Lighting Control
  • Natural Daylighting
  • High-performance Glazing

Water Efficiency

  • Metering and leak detection
  • Water Efficient Tap Fittings and Toilets
  • Rainwater Harvesting
Sustainable operations 
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • employee engagement and sustainability communications
  • waste management: separation, recycling and composting
  • waste minimisation
  • employee engagement and education
  • green cleaning