DECODE MFG offers a complete Zero Waste Design System that solveS the current division between design and sustainability worldwide.
At a glance
- We specialize in Zero Waste Pattern engineering – where every inch of fabric is used in the creation of a garment.
- The brainchild of Danielle Elsener, DECODE MFG was started out of frustration with the current fashion industry
- This is the first Factory of its kind – a manufacturing facility designed by and made for a designer.
The fashion industry is the second highest polluter to the planet. An average of 15% of fabric is wasted at the cutting stage alone, with an average of 60 billion meters square of fabric wasted annually. *
Today's global fashion industry can be rigid and set in its ways. I have experienced this first-hand when proposing Zero Waste Designs within large companies. Despite large buy-in, I found these initiatives were often stopped in their tracks. The reason? Manufacturers were unwilling or unable to make changes to their existing workflow. This lack of flexibility has made it hard for industry decision-makers to take more sustainable actions. The unknowns of cost, time, and effort required to alter existing operations makes it unreasonable to change direction quickly.
So, how do we make the industry more flexible, sustainable, and impactful? Simple. We create our own system. We build our own factory that focuses on these very real problems. Because nobody else will, nor will they be able to do it as well as we can. The vision for DECODE MFG is to not only be the first factory of its kind, but challenge what the future of apparel manufacturing means. A factory conceived by a designer with the know-how, experience, passion, and connections to make it happen.
“The idea has the ability to change how all industries will progress for future generations to come, and at a time when positive change is needed the most”
“I saw a whole new way of thinking about patterns; it went from a technical change to a philosophical change.”