The world’s first transparent
designer and artisan collaborative marketplace.

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Our Mission

We are building a Human Design Company, where the products we produce address human and environmental problems.


How It Works

 

Discover Artisans

We search the globe for artisans that have an inspiring story that deserve a bigger stage.

Design a Solution

We partner designers with artisan groups to create products transparently that address social and environmental problems.

Community Support

We rally funding of exclusive collections to be made responsibly by artisans around the world.

Scale Together

We produce only what is ordered, to help artisans scale sustainably with no waste.


Exchange Project

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Mexico Project

Every year we travel to a destination where we are partnering with a local manufacturer to co-design an artisan product. This year we traveled to Mexico.

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Goal

30K UNITS

90 days of work for 14 Artisans.

“Today we know that 75% of all glass blowing studios in Mexico have closed in the last 10 years. We will not become a statistic thanks to the Global Citizen Exchange.” —Salvador Pulido, General Manager

Created

4 PRODUCTS

 

Apolis and Mexico’s Studio Xaquixe, co-designed this collection of 100% recycled hand blown glass in eastern Oaxaca.

Artisan

14 ARTISANS

 

Minimum wage in Oaxaca is currently $89 USD a month. Working 44 hours a week, a Xaquixe glassblower makes $592 USD a month + medical security + housing credit + savings for retirement.


 


       

Designer

In 2004, brothers Raan and Shea Parton founded Apolis with a simple idea that business can improve people’s lives.


Transparency: Glassware Collection Four Items

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Current Corporate Partnerships

Annually we partner with organizations in an effort to share our vision of advocacy through industry with original content, design collaborations and creative social responsibility solutions.

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Problem

Nº 1

  • Within all industries there is an unavoidable percentage of waste with any large scale manufacturing.
  • Apolis partners with Chivas Regal for an industrial design opportunity to co-design the glass whisky tumblers for their ‘Art of Hosting’ pack that are releasing across the globe, October 2015.
  • We wanted to take the waste and create something beautiful for both the consumers and the creators.

Solution

Nº 2

  • Apolis up-cyled the wasted glass with Studio Xaquixe, a group of 14 artisan glass blowers in Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Apolis designs a collection of 100% recycled glassware items with Studio Xaquixe.
  • Apolis documented the process to bring this story to a wider audience and stronger market.

Scale

Nº 3

  • Apolis places an order only for what is pre-ordered, to help artisans scale sustainability and avoid any additional waste.
  • This glassware collection is exclusive to Apolis and is offered to YOU with a factory direct price.
  • Long term, Apolis partners with strategic hotels and restaurants in an effort to create long term demand for the glassware.

The Apolis partnership with Chivas Regal is a testament to an evolving socially responsible landscape. A new vision for corporate social responsibility by creating long–term impact through social entrepreneurship instead of a short–term donation through philanthropy.


About Us

 

We believe that the commonality between currencies, flags and languages is people. It is people who are the innovators, the advocates, and the revolutionaries. Apolis is a small group of social entrepreneurs who believe that the most valuable practice in creating lasting change is by investing in people.

Apolis (a-pöl-is) means “Global Citizen.” We are a socially motivated lifestyle brand that empowers communities worldwide.

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BECOME A GLOBAL CITIZEN

Our dream is to build a human design company. Where the products we produce address problems. It is rational to believe in an industrial revolution, but we believe what is right is a human revolution.

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PARTNER SUBMISSION

We hope to hear from you about the stories that you think should be heard, the products you believe in and the communities that inspire you.

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