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Sustainability at the Heart of Lighting

Earth Day is Everyday.

Ocean Chair by Mater

Earth Day, a day to recognize the boundless beauty of organic material we call home!  It's a day for us humans to focus on sustaining our planet Earth and raising awareness for issues that affect our collective health.  Progressive lighting companies are conscious of the effects people and products have on the environment and focus on diligent practices to minimize their overall effects.  Being green is nothing new to the lighting industry, just note the global change to energy-efficient LED lighting technology and away from power hungry incandescent lighting.  LED's have had a massive impact on how much power we consume to light our homes but also on our energy bills.:)   Some eco-conscious manufacturers are doing even more.  Our stories highlight lighting companies that put ethics above profits and build their own ecosystems and inspiration around the material resources used to manufacture.  



Mater cares about using resources responsibly in their designs, the quality, the durability, and the timelessness, and even the conditions of where they are manufactured.  This defines responsibility.  They also care deeply about the people they work with, how they are motivated, and the sustainable business practices used throughout production.

“When bringing new products to the market our priority is not focused on WHAT we launch but we really try to define WHY we launch it, in an ethical context. Are we supporting a recycled material or supporting a new eco friendly material? Is there a good supporting story with the craftsmen? Those answers define WHY we are on the market”. - Henrik Marstrand, Founder and CEO of Mater


The Liuku pendant honors the UN Sustainable Development goals of "affordable and clean energy" by utilizing LED technology.  Additionally, it uses wood from certified wood from managed forests with the idea of protecting "life on land."

Ocean Chair by Mater   Ocean Chair by Mater

The Ocean Chair, pictured above, is made from over 2lbs of ocean plastic fishing nets. Profiled in the newly released documentary Seaspiracy, the impact of plastic in our oceans from fishing nets alone is devastating.



Founded on the principles of utilizing only LED technology as a light source, working with wood from sustainable forests, and handcrafting products in the USA to reduce global footprint.  Cerno is influenced by nature and inspired to help.

Una by Cerno  Una by Cerno

Una is the culmination of years of working with sustainable wood and LED.  The exterior showcases the natural wood beauty while producing over 3000 lumens of energy efficient light.



Driven by a strong environmentally conscious philosophy, David Trubridge is a permanent member of the Maraetotara Tree Trust.  Products are developed from sustainable wood sources and designed to responsibly craft together in order to increase shipping efficiencies worldwide.


Navicula was inspired by microscopic diatoms that float around in oceans.  They take more carbon out of the atmosphere than anything else, more than all the worlds tropical rainforests.



Dream Big. Scribble Often. Make Thoughtfully.  Spoken by architects turned dumpster divers searching for the perfect cardboard to recycle into amazing lights.  

Handcrafted from recycled cardboard, Graypants’ flagship Scraplights provides warm, intimate, and functional lighting for any occasion or space. Tough and elegant, each is precision cut with a laser and assembled by hand using non-toxic adhesive, and all Scraplights are treated with a non-toxic fire retardant.


Wick, designed with 1 watt of LED, is designed with the belief that light is meant to be shared: it is the connecting tool that humanises moments of our lives.



Resourcing and recycling is at the heart of Maurice's aesthetic. Utilizing old wine barrel puncheons to fashion sculptural light fixtures lights up this rusty gold.


The Orbit by Maurice Connolly is built by hand with brute strength using only the finest rusty discarded wine barrel puncheons.



Supporting sustainability by using plastic technopolymer technology which helps reduce environmental costs by a factor of four!  The manufacturing has zero impact on the environment by starting with recycled plastic and ending with crystal clear like lighting.. and all their scraps are made into beehives.  Thank you Slamp!


Hanami utilizes Slamps Cristalflex technopolymer technology.  This crystal clear transaparent crystal comes from recycled plastic and is recycled again into a more beautiful form.