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What Is Zero Waste Design?

As makers, we recognize that we have a responsibility to reduce pre-consumer waste. That is why we made it is our goal to reduce waste in every step of the production of our soft goods, starting with the design.

“By 2015, the global apparel industry is expected to produce more than 400 billion square meters of fabric per year, representing nearly enough material to cover the state of California annually.”

—MIT report

For us to make an impact, our patterns have to be designed to anticipate waste. So 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. 

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.