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From a small start-up in 2001, South Africa’s belt design-house-manufacturer, Equator – The Belt Factory, named after Earth’s favourite belt, has seen consistent growth over 18 years to become a leading South African belt company.

Our Green Journey Has Begun

We work hard to ensure that behind our world-class, South African made products are happy and healthy people, efficient operations, proud ethics, and trade transparency.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

7 New Ways to Reuse Your Old Leather Belts

Here’s a friendly reminder to not throw out, or donate, your leather belts during your next closet purge.

Stella McCartney is on a quest to save you from the fashion industry

Bioengineered spider silk. Mushroom leather. Recycled ocean plastics. Stella McCartney is designing the future of clothing – and the future of sustainable companies

4 Ways The CFDA’s New Sustainability Report Will Change Fashion Week Conversations

Page one of the CFDA’s new sustainability report asks a broad, burning question: “What is sustainability?” The answer tends to change depending on whom you ask.

Happy Equator staff with their glass water bottles in aid of a proudly “Plastic Free July”

Join Equator for a Plastic Free July! Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution to ensure we have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.

“Leon, I must congratulate you on what has been achieved at Equator. I have enjoyed watching you grow from small beginnings nearly two decades ago. This factory is a jewel in our industry and it is very encouraging that we can have such a showpiece facility in KZN. I know that it goes deeper than the bricks and mortar to being a happy and productive, dignified place of employment. Really it is very heartening.”
Gerald Naidoo, General Secretary/Principal Officer, National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry of South Africa.
“Your new factory is amazing. Such great energy. I’m inspired.”
Denzil Spolander, Owner, African Game Skin
“The new factory is mind blowing. I’m happy to see the special vibe I always noted amongst the staff at the old factory has transferred. We enjoy coming to the new space and working in this positive and creative environment.”
Sean Hadnum CEO, Chilli Source Development
“Thank you for the tour of your new green factory. The amount of investment and passion put into it is apparent and Dangee Carken is excited to partner with Equator on the sustainability journey.”
Robby Stoller, CEO, Dangee Carken. Equator has signed up the belt license for Urban Art & Mazerata for distribution from 1 January 2019