Product designer

Lauren D'Aprano

Cutlery Carriage is saving the planet, one meal at a time. It’s a small business producing eco-friendly fork-and-spoon carry cases designed by Lauren D’Aprano, business and entrepreneurship graduate from RMIT.

The idea for Cutlery Carriage came about in high school; Lauren tried to pinch her Mum’s silverware for her delicious homemade lunches everyday, but Mum wasn’t having a bar of it. Instead, she resorted to an unhealthy plastic cutlery habit that meant plastic forks, spoons and bags going in the bin everyday.

“I found that the continued use of plastic cutlery can lead to serious health issues, and the plastic bags that I was so readily binning were not biodegradable. They were going into landfill where they would sit for 10-20 years to decompose.”

‘Non durable’ plastics refers to anything with a useful life of less than three years; these single-use plastics are the main contributor to the 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste washing into our planet’s oceans every year. Australians are responsible for producing a staggering 13,888 tonnes of plastic waste per year, with about a quarter of that ending up in our waterways. Scary!

Now Lauren is using maths to help push her planet-preserving agenda. “I never really understood the importance of maths until owning my own business.” she says.

“It’s been really cool and useful to put maths into practice every day and use what I have learnt in owning and running my own business. You can implement the maths and accounting skills you have learned in high school and university to understand microeconomics, pricing, margins and to balance your books.”

If Lauren’s learned anything in her experience with entrepreneurship and small business, it’s to work hard and remember why you started. “Things might get difficult, cloudy, or off track at times, but as long as you work hard and have passion behind you, you will be able to achieve your goals.”

-Eliza Brockwell


Learn more at: www.cutlerycarriage.com


Lauren’s path to small business with Cutlery Carriage:

> > Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship), RMIT

> > Founder, Cutlery Carriage

“I never really understood the importance of maths until owning my own business.”

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