Give your home, a Much needed BOOST of Color!
We believe that everyone deserves a home that represents their unique personality. However, this could be tough to accomplish with the amount of standard, mass produced furniture and interior products that don’t cater to your eclectic style. With the power of the internet and global shipping we can help you solve this problem!
Beyond its comfy appeal, our beanbags provide a rare element of design, texture, and colour that can really improve the overall look and feel of your interior.
Yes, the practical features of our beanbag are useful, such as the upright seating design that is sturdy enough for you to eat soup, but its ability to upgrade the aesthetic of a room is much more powerful.
Super Comfy and Extra Strong -
Our Handloomed cotton fabric from Sri Lanka, gives the soft comfort of 100% cotton while being very durable. For extra strength we have lined each bean bag with a layer of raw cotton so that our product can bare the wrath of cats, dogs, and humans!
Optimal Shape and Size
Our versatile ergonomic shape is comfy enough for an adult to take a nap but also upright and sturdy enough for someone to sit up and eat soup! It's perfect for anyone between a baby and a large adult to sit comfortably but also compact enough to fit in studio apartments and cafes. (The dimensions of our stuffed bean bag is 1 metre [3.25 ft] tall at the point and 1 metre [3.25 ft] wide at the base)
Our bean bags, when filled with regular polystyrene beads, are light enough for you to move them to your preferred comfy spot any time!
Each beanbag comes with the cotton lined, handloom cotton outer cover with a large zip and a waterproof inner cover - with a small zip - to hold the stuffing. This makes it so easy to remove the handloom cover and pop it in the washing machine whenever necessary.
A Vast Array of Color Combinations!
Our handloom cotton comes in hundreds of colors and design varieties, which allows us to provide bean bags to suit all tastes and personalities. For our Kickstarter campaign, we will have over 40 color combinations available!
Upon backing our project, you will receive the available color options to select from at the end of the Kickstarter campaign.
Made with Love and Care.
At ApiHappi we are against sweatshops! All our bean bags are made using a system of community sourced production, where we train women to work from home. This way they can earn an income while having control over their time and space. Please read our extended report towards the bottom of the page to learn more about Community Sourced Production and the positive impact it can have on the world! Featured in the picture below is Kalyani, a bean bag sewing extraordinaire, who also leads a stitching community in her home town of Panadura.
We are using Kickstarter to bring Sri Lanka’s hometown favorite beanbag to rest of the world! That way we can really increase the impact we are making on our artisans stitching the beanbags and the weavers who are making the actual fabric.
This also would enable us to fund our on-going Cigarette Butt Recycling Project where we are creating a system to collect all the cigarette butts on the island of Sri Lanka and naturally purify them so that they can be reused as beanbag stuffing. Currently, we are testing out this recycling project in our neighborhood in Colombo but we would love to scale it up as soon as we can. Read more about our recycling project below.
Handweaving of cotton yarn and fabric has not been a new concept for Asia. Sri Lankan artisans have practicing this art for centuries and it has seen many ups and downs. The fabrics are produced in many weights and strengths making them suitable for everything between soft clothes, saris, toys, curtains and upholstery. Even though the softer ones are making its mark in the fashion industry, the stronger fabrics needed a little boost!
And that’s where we come in. We use a community-sourced production method to produce our beanbags and other products using this strong handloomed cotton. This way, we can bring our locally handloomed cotton fabrics to the world while helping trained sewing ladies work from the comfort of their own homes while earning a good living. For a detailed report about our system of community-sourced production please read the article towards the bottom of this page.
Meet Our Team:
At ApiHappi the entire process is very hands-on. Aparna makes all the patterns, samples, and custom orders. The cutting of the fabric is done strictly by Arshad and Etosha before it is sent to the homes of our sewing ladies.
The symmetrical design of the ApiHappi beanbag gives you multiple ways to sit and multiple ways to highlight the different colours of your bean bag.
Our beanbags ship in an easy flat pack. The inner cover and the outer cover are folded together. Once received you can fill our waterproof inner cover with any beanbag filling of your choice.
(We usually use polystyrene beads for filling, and we use about 250L to 275L per bag) Quite a few varieties of beanbag stuffing are available at an affordable price in most countries. We will be providing all backers with instructions on exactly how to fill your bean bag in the ApiHappi Ultimate Comfort Guide. Which includes tips on on how to be environmentally friendly as well as retaining the comfort of your bean bag.
Still need more convincing???
Here's a bunch of local cafes boutique hotels, and shops showing some love!
Here is some additional content if you would really like to know more about our products and processes.
Community Sourced Production, a factory-less approach to manufacturing. (The In-Depth Rant)
At ApiHappi we strive to create unique products out of traditional handloomed cotton, which include bags, bean bag chairs, etc.. Being in this industry we are often asked one big question….WHERE IS YOUR FACTORY? Actually...we don’t have a factory!Why? Because we believe that there are more innovative systems that we can put in place that would be more ethical and efficient for our community and our company as a whole.After observing and experimenting with our culture here in Sri Lanka we have come up with an interesting system that we like to call Community Sourced Production.Community Sourced production is a system where we train artisans to produce our specific designs and then, we enable them to fulfill our orders while working at home.Here are a few benefits of Community Sourced Production:
- Most of our artisans are women. One reason that stops them from going out to work at factories is that they have to stay home to take care of their families. With our system, they are enabled to work at home while fulfilling their household duties.
- Our system is Results based. We pay our artisans per bag, not per hour. This allows artisans to earn money based on their capabilities. From our experience with this system, our artisans are able to earn a much higher income than they would, working for a factory.
- We don’t need a factory space. We do have a workshop here where we cut the fabric and produce patterns and samples etc. and distribute the work to our network of artisans.
- When we train artisans, they have the opportunity to teach others in their surroundings. This increases their production capacity while creating a form of income for the members of the community. Outside of earning an income this also acts a catalyst to bring communities together.
- Scalability and Flexibility. The capacity of a factory is generally finite. If the demand is less than the capacity then you are most likely not running at full potential. If the demand is more than the capacity, then you will need to invest in expanding your factory. In our case, we are able to match up wholesale orders with the appropriate artisans allowing us to upscale and downscale at any time.
- Our artisans also have the freedom to work on other projects as long as they are able to consistently fulfill their orders. This enables them to earn more of an income.
- Reduced Carbon Footprint - We believe that in the long run, our lack of factory space would reduce our company’s carbon foot print by not having large scale machines and cooling/heating systems running. Also, since raw materials are transported to the artisans’ houses, and the finished product is transported back to the workshop, they do not have to “travel to work” every day. Thereby reducing the carbon dioxide contribution through modes of transportation.
Although there are many benefits of community sourced production, like any innovative idea, there are still many challenges to overcome. ApiHappi is still young so we are still learning and experimenting with new ideas every day. Of course traditional business people might look at our production model and think we are out of our minds. In their minds having a large factory performing at full capacity is what is best for efficiency and profits! We like profits too, but here at ApiHappi our main priorities are creating fun products while sustaining a happy community.
The Original Durability Test!
Happi is the first pet we raised together. She is our brand ambassador and golden child! She is also great at destroying stuff which made her quite useful for this video.
*No animal was harmed during the making of this video..and neither was the bag.
Our first footage of the handloom machine in action!
In an effort to be fully transparent we would like to mention that even though we are based in Sri Lanka we have also registered a company in the United Kingdom. (APIHAPPI Limited). This is what enables to participate in Kickstarter itself, as it is unavailable in Sri Lanka. We registered our company in the UK very early on because it allows us to use more globally accepted tools such as paypal and kickstarter.
107 Garrick Close, Ealing, London W5 1AT
Sri Lanka Address:
319 Nawala Road, Nawala. 10100
Co-Founders: Etosha Lankatilleke, Aparna Samarakoon
Company Director UK: Savithri Lankatilleke
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Risks and challenges
- One of the challenges is maintaining our high quality as we scale up production. To counter this challenge we will have to devise more quality checkpoints along the process. In addition, no matter how many bean bags we produce we have a commitment to personally checking each and every one.
- Another challenge would be finding a high quantity of a wide variety of colours, since the handloom machines have a limited capacity. The good news we have been building relationships with high quality handloomed cotton suppliers around the country, so that we can expand as necessary.
- One further challenge would be the shipping of the products. Shipping from Sri Lanka has been slightly difficult in the past, however due to the emergence of western courier companies such as Fedex, UPS, and DHL we have more comprehensive global solutions to rely on.
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