What is Zero Waste Design?

We believe makers have a responsibility to reduce pre-consumer waste. At Aplat, we have made zero-waste a mandate in our process, starting with the design.

"84% of textile waste is sent to landfills at a cost of $3.7 billion. Between 2000 and 2017, textiles increased in the municipal solid waste stream by a staggering 78%. That is more than double the growth of any other major waste category."
—Resource Recycling Systems

We utilize our knowledge of origami principles, golden ratios, and pure geometry to achieve a zero-waste manufacturing process.


Our 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 upcycle it by creating another product like our party garlands. Any offcuts we do not use, we send it to Phoenix Fibers for upcycling into insulation material. 

Golden Ratio

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.