06 July 2021
Josse Kunst was (digitally) present at the BIOTEXFUTURE Forum 2021 and spoke about designing the products of the future combining bio-based materials with molecular recycling. The forum is part of BIOTEXFUTURE, a five-year research program working on the transition to a bio-based textile industry through funded cooperative projects.
Congratulations to Caroline Meijer, Arnold Gunnink and Erik Glas for their successful completion of an exciting minor on polymer recycling, supporting Arapaha in building our science based promise of truly closing the loop.
We are happy to announce that Arapaha and LIOF are going to work together on the development of a meeting room chair. The aim of the collaboration is to prove that it is possible to make different parts of a chair, such as the legs, the seat and the upholstery out of PLA.
We think of old like it’s new and we get enthusiastic when we meet likeminded people. That’s why we’ve upgraded our office with a new meeting room table, made from an old gym floor. Lovely aesthetics with a good story. Feel inspired? Check out PLANQ! (Oh, and we’ve covered our floors with sustainable carpets from Donkersloot, designed to use again).
We are honored to be mentioned as one of the Ecosystem Best Practices in the recent Study of the cleantech innovation ecosystem with a focus on GIST and SCALE-UP by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and are grateful for the support we have received.
Interested to read more about this project?: https://lnkd.in/ezcERNs
Arapaha is delighted to be invited by Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) to participate in the BB100 project for the development of a rug, backpack and bath mat.
22 April 2021
A healthy planet means a circular way of life! To create a sustainable economy and restore our earth, we need to reduce the use of non-renewable materials. A fossil free industry will be a major step to achieve this. We at Arapaha are determined to make this happen.
Arapaha was honored to pitch, as one of only a few selected global disruptive start-ups, to the brands behind Fashion for Good. We shared our journey how we can create truly circular products.
Bobbi Gabeler, student applied Psychology at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, researched consumer behavior in relation to recycling on behalf of Arapaha. The main question was: How can consumers be stimulated to recycle more? She also looked into the factors that stimulate and/or obstruct this process. The research was carried out on behalf of the Fontys Expertisecentrum Circulaire Transitie (FECT). Thank you for the insights Bobbi and FECT!
Congratulations to Helena Pels, who successfully completed her internship at Arapaha. Helena researched how to design a fully recyclable meeting room chair made from PLA. Thank you for your time and great results!
01 April 2021
We are growing, so our own office was the obvious next step in our journey. From April onwards you can find us in the old ENCI building, located in Maastricht. ENCI Maastricht is now closed, but it used to be an old cement factory. We love the idea that in the exact spot where people used to mine raw materials, we now try to make a difference.
Congratulations to Maren Middendorp, who successfully completed her internship at Arapaha. Maren researched ways to design and make a backpack made from Polylactic Acid (PLA), the promising alternative for plastics. Thank you for your time and great results!
18 September 2020
We are excited to announce that TNO, CuRe Technology and NHL Stenden University if Applied Science will collaborate with Arapaha in the REPLACER project. This collaboration allows us to confirm the best route to close the loop on materials for our Arapaha products, and prepare its implementation.
Together with Kindly Made and Webmix we created a website to share our story with you. Here you find our most important updates, the products we are working on and the story behind our practice.
We are delighted that the city where Arapaha is born decides to support Arapaha through its Made in Maastricht program. This initiative facilitates innovative entrepreneurs in the creative industry with the goal to create room for more start ups and further development of innovative ideas.
Arapaha will collaborate with the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland on the Circulaire Ketenproject program in collaboration with DyeCoo Textile Systems, Donkersloot Trade and Mommersteeg Agenturen on fully bio-based and recyclable rugs. This collaboration enables us to develop the new techniques needed to develop such a rug.
We are very happy to receive support from Stimulus for an MIT-Zuid feasibility study on the molecular recycling of bio-based products. This will enable us to create products and give them a new life over and over again.
This is what happened before 2020…