In order to remain ethical and sustainable, Okapi has created a fully integrated production line in order to ensure that everything which we work with is ethically soured from Africa. This has involved, in some instances, creating entirely new production lines - for example making our hardware by hand in house.
In addition to an integrated production line, with Okapi, we have also evolved to make the supply chain, as far as possible, from By-Product. The materials which we use are sourced as a by-product of the free-range farming industry in South Africa (from commonplace livestock including ostrich and blesbok). This gives further purpose to materials which would otherwise be thrown away and also contributes to the development of rural communities in South Africa.
It is incredibly important that by working towards creating a demand for a material we are also doing something positive.