70% recycled steel. 0% recycled style.
One of the reasons they started Varaluz was to address things they thought our industry was shamefully ignoring. We have a reality facing us a people, as a nation, and as a world that requires us to be more responsible.
Energy efficiency certainly has an important place, but a larger impact can come from designing with responsible materials and designing out waste in the manufacturing and distribution process.
At Varaluz, they believe that lighting should not only be interesting, but sustainable. Most of their fixtures use steel that has 70% or greater recycled content and glass that is 100% recycled. They use many sustainable and reclaimed materials in their glass or shades. Whenever you see the "eco-luz" designation on their products, you can be confident that the item is made with recycled or reclaimed materials – and that they're committed to preserving the earth.
The old saying goes, "One person's trash is another's treasure." We just take it to beautiful extremes.