Aplat is a Culinary Design Collection of thoughtful zero-waste designs for sharing food and wine. We are a zero-waste design and manufacturing company creating simple, functional organic cotton products, sustainably made in San Francisco.
Materials & Ingredients
Aplat culinary design collection is made from food-safe, 100% organic cotton canvas. GOT Certified, Aplat fibers made from low impact dyeing methods preserving the Earth’s precious resources.
Packaging & Delivery
Aplat chooses to not use any form of packaging or plastic wrapping. Product is shipped from our studio warehouse across the street from our factory in San Francisco. We use 100% compostable shipping envelopes.
Quality & Value
Aplat products are 100% organic cotton or up-cycled cotton. Zero plastic, zero elastic, and zero use of hardware. Our products are biodegradable with all the right early conditions.
As an industrial designer, I have a responsibility to create a circular design and manufacturing business by reducing pre-consumer waste in the soft goods textile industry.
For us to make an impact, our patterns have to be designed to anticipate waste. So I utilize my knowledge of origami principles, golden ratios, and pure geometry to achieve a zero-waste manufacturing process.
Every product we make scales into the family of golden ratios. In the future, we hope to publish an “Aplat Origami Design” book filled with endless ideas of how to transform a single sheet into new forms.
Local Supply Chains
Working with my supply chain locally has been a blessing especially during these uncertain times of covid-19. Aplat’s local supply chain partnerships with businesses owned by women; 3 cut and sew factories woman-owned, thread supplier, cord supplier and up-cycled denim are also woman-owned and located only 15 minutes from Aplat’s Studio.
My vision for starting Aplat, a zero-waste design and manufacturing company has been possible because of the local factory partnerships I’ve fostered over the years. My gratitude goes to our sewers, who make products each season with quality and care.
Whenever possible I choose to curbside pick up and drop off, our product with the factories. We do not use postal shipping for our production. Having the factories and suppliers so close by, over the years Aplat has been using reusable bins for transporting products from factory to studio, reducing unnecessary waste of cardboard boxes. In our studio we never use wasteful packaging like bubbles or peanuts for stuffing. I up-cycle the back of shipping labels, crumpling them into balls for padding. We have natural lighting and never use artificial lights in the studio.
Design & Up-cycling
Aplat’s origami-inspired designs use squares and rectangles, eliminating negative spaces, achieving virtually zero offcut fabric remnants. If we do have remnants, for example, from a pattern using round shapes such as for our bowl covers, we up-cycle it by creating another product like our party garlands. Any offcuts we do not use, I send it to Phoenix Fibers for up-cycling into insulation material.
Goals & Aspirations
Our goal is to continue to grow into a circular business, 100% responsible for our product from, 360 cradle to cradle.
Certifications & Memberships
We are 1% members for 3 years. We have had sustainability awards at NYNow and working with organizations to education others in zero-waste design and manufacturing.
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