Weblight is an example of beautiful product that has been sustainably designed to minimise its negative impact on the environment. The light shade is made from recycled plastic bags and factory waste, and features an organic pattern of texture and holes that are the direct result of its unique forming process. Each light is hand made, with no Weblight being the same. The light's designers say that "by choosing to make the product out of recycled content, using a lightweight unconventional mould, using 100% renewable energy, and making the product both light and functional, we tried to incorporate energy and material efficiency throughout the product's life cycle".
DesignByThem has completed a life cycle assessment into the environmental impact of the design and manufacture of the Weblight. They also offer to repair and/or recycle any light shade returned to them at the end of its use.
Adoption of sustainable design is not a passing trend. It is fast becoming a mainstream way of thinking as we face more and more challenges in sustaining our food supply, water, and our environment. The throwaway mentality of modern day culture combined with the current environmental crisis puts a spotlight on sustainable design. It plays an important role in delivering products that have a greater lifespan, and a better efficiency in their use of materials and energy. Sustainable design is vitally important to help eliminate the negative environmental impacts of industrial production.
The Philosophy of Sustainable Design
Fan Shu-Yang, Bill Freedman, and Raymond Cote (2004). "Principles and practice of ecological design". Environmental Reviews. 12: 97-112
Assistant Curator, July 2009