Our action in Ivory Coast
At Wibes, we believe in the incredible potential of Africa and the key role that education plays in a country’s growth. In Côte d’Ivoire, their country, Aurélie & Nicolas have decided to build a partnership with the AIFCI – International Association of Women in Côte d’Ivoire – an Ivorian association based in Abidjan. AIFCI has been working for more than 50 years to help local people access education, especially women and children, and much more.
The association, very active locally, also works for:
- SCHOOL SUPPORT
- SUPPORT FOR AIDS SICK
- HOME AND FOLLOW-UP OF YOUNG MOMS AND BABIES
- HELPING A HOME FOR HEAVY DISABLED
Aurélie & Nicolas believe that the success of a country is strongly linked with education. Thus, Wibes financially supports the AIFCI in its personalized learning programs and classes taught by volunteers of the association throughout the year. For each pair of Wibes bought, a day of school (alphabetism specifically) is funded for a girl or a woman sponsored by the association in Abidjan.
The environmental issue is at the heart of Wibes and this is translated into a constant search for more ecological materials and creative processes.
- Raw materials : Our environmentally responsible approach starts with the search for raw materials that are more respectful of the environment..
- 100% recycled cotton and polyester:The fabric used for the AKWABA range is made off 100% recycled cotton and polyester. The manufacturing process, RECOVER, involves a virtuous circle with :
- Recycling old clothes and PET plastic bottles
- The transformation into a new fabric through a process using no water, no chemicals or dyes, and emitting only very little CO2 emissions.
- 50% of solar energy used by the manufacturing plant.
- Organic cotton (GOTS 4.0) : The cotton used on the off-white models of the AKWABA range complies with the GOTS standard (Global Organic Textile Standard). This means that each stage of the fiber production, processing and manufacturing processes, has been carefully controlled to reduce the impact on the environment according to established standards :
- Reduction of chemical inputs to meet basic requirements for toxicity and biodegradability
- Banishment of heavy metals and GMOs
- Respect for the fundamental standards set by the International Labor Organization
- Soles : The soles are made off natural rubber and 15% of this rubber is recycled.
- Expertise and know-how :
The choice of a European factory was obvious and very important for the brand. Wibes’ sneakers are made in a family workshop in Portugal that has been working for more than 40 years in the footwear industry and for famous brands. Their expertise, savoir-faire and professionalism convinced us that it is the right place to establish our production. We wanted to work with a factory that respects European standards, where working conditions are optimal and wages above the local average.
- Leather manufacturing :
It was crucial to work with suppliers who also work with respect for the environment. Thus, these environmental concerns have always been at the forefront of the company that tanned the leather used for the N’ZASSA models.
Various actions have been set up :
- The treatment of liquid effluents is achieved through the creation of a purification plant (chemical and biological) that meets European quality standards.
- Most of the solid waste (through a composting process) is used as agricultural fertilizer
- Sources emitting gaseous effluents are equipped with gas monitoring systems and are correctly treated
- On the energy front, the company has recently made several investments, including restructuring the configuration of the production part to optimize energy consumption.
Wax spirit, the Wibes identity
Inspired by Javanese batiks and imported by the Dutch during the 19th century, the wax fabric has become a symbol in West Africa. Although this fabric is mainly produced in the Netherlands, Aurélie and Nicolas have chosen a “pagne” in french or “wax” 100% Ivorian made. Indeed, the creators of the brand are sourcing in the only wax factory still active in West Africa and particularly in Côte d’Ivoire. The wax made from cotton is designed, printed and treated with hydrophobic waxes directly in Cote d’Ivoire. It is therefore in Abidjan that the adventure begins with the selection and purchase of colorful and seasonal fabrics; then direction Portugal for the second part of the creation process. The chosen fabrics are printed in limited edition, and the cutting of the wax makes each pair of shoes a unique model!