What’s your story?
ALPAKA is much more than an animal living in the Andes. It represents the very idea of grit and our motto: keep moving forward. It’s not easy to thrive in harsh environments, yet alpacas have done so for thousands of years.
We came up with the idea to start this company in 2014 when we were having trouble finding a truly versatile pack that met our daily and short travel needs. It needed to look good too.
At ALPAKA, we’re conscious and aware that we are a part of nature. We create goods and in turn, that creates waste. As humans, we bare great responsibility to how we treat the home we share with other earthlings. So in our efforts to do better business, we plant 1 tree for every bag purchased and donate 1% of our revenue to environmental causes and non-profits that are doing great things and make the world a better place.
We’re a small company with big dreams and ambitions and although we live in a big city, we also love the outdoors. This is why we create high-quality goods that thrive in both urban and natural areas.
Our journey has been a real challenge. But with every road-block and every fall, we’ve always managed the get back up and keep moving forward. It’s in our DNA.
What is your “why”?
Back when we came up with the idea of ALPAKA, we couldn’t find “the” bag. So we created it. But as a company, we believe there has to be more than just create a product. Our core values reflect who we are and why we do it:
- Customer First
Why does sustainability matter?
We’re living in a world where change is constant and brands have a big responsibility to reduce their footprint and also educate consumers on the importance of sustainability. Our founders see this simply as the cost of doing business. It can’t be ignored anymore.
Do you contribute to your local community?
We’re part of 1% for the Planet and we donate 1% of our annual revenue to non-profit organizations changing the world for the better.
We also partnered with Tree Nation, a non-profit organization that plants trees around the world. We plant a tree for every bag sold and our customers can see where the tree is being planted and which type of tree it is.
Advice to other entrepreneurs starting out?
Study your market well and develop an MVP to test the product-market fit. Reach out to entrepreneurs who have been there before so you avoid certain pitfalls. Most of all, there will always be ups and downs in business, but you must remain positive and put out those fires! Best of luck.