Every day is Earth Day at Aplat. A Culinary Design Collection, of thoughtful zero waste design for sharing food and wine. Our mission is to reduce waste in your kitchen, home, and on the go. Changing the way we live at home and changing the way our industry manufactures.
Founder Shujan Bertrand uses the art of origami principles and the golden ratio to inform and inspire new ways to design without waste. Committed to a circular design process, Shu’s mission is to reduce pre-consumer waste in local cut-sew factories, to create products that are plastic-free, elastic-free and metal-free. 100% organic cotton, upcycled and 100% biodegradable.
The Makers and Their Production Space
Our products are made by three San Francisco sewing factories – each owned by Asian women who have been manufacturing for over 35 years. Two of them are just across the street from Aplat’s Design Studio.
The Making Process
Our origami textile goods are made with traditional cut and sewing techniques, using unique zero-waste technical CAD renderings to determine the output of each small batch production.
The Production Model
Because our factories are so close by, I can afford to oversee daily our small-batch production, ensuring that each cut is calculated and moved forward or upcycled for new products or textile fibers. We also have many co-branding business partnerships for special occasions or custom made-to-order designs. Our upcycled category is my favorite collection in the line, where I can explore and be creative with limited edition products like our pet line and origami masks.
Aplat products are made with 100% organic cotton duck and upcycled denim –
green/earth-friendly, zero-VOC, non-toxic, organic, sustainable, locally sourced, and always the highest quality up-cycled off-cuts like raw denim and leather.
I use origami as a way to engineer products so we don’t have to use any plastic, elastic or hardware (no zippers, buttons, clips or synthetic trims). Eliminating anything that is synthetic and does not biodegrade with the cotton.