Construction waste accounts for 30-40% of total municipal waste worldwide yet few designers ever consider their motivation when they commit to their innovation.

In an attempt to contribute to the ethos of genuine sustainable design, Bentu’s  Recycle Series lamps use recovered industrial detritus to give discarded materials a renewed existence. Bentu’s designs do not pay mere lip service to the ethos of sustainability, but truly interrogate the values of sustainability.

Often designers, in an attempt at being the next legend, forget to ask the simple questions: What is the value of design? Why are objects labelled innovative, extraordinary, when they actually do nothing to make us better humans, wiser, or more compassionate? It is in asking such tough questions that contemporary designers can desist the temptation that far too often ends up trading morality for a shot at becoming the next legend. As they say, to make something truly innovative, the veil of ignorance and greed has to be overcome. The best products aren’t made from gold, they aren’t produced unsustainably nor do they exist simply for the sake of existing. The best products must be judged by their materialistic and aesthetic appearance while still being held accountable to the highest values of sustainability. Time and time again human beings’ material requirements have contributed to the depletion of nature’s capacity to provide equally for all those who depend on the ecosystem for their survival. Excessive designs that bring nothing new to the sustainable table place an increasing burden on the earth and its capacity to continue nurturing all those dependent on their well-being to survive.

It is high time that those tasked with innovation made sustainability their first and foremost imperative because, simply put, the world does not need more objects.

‘Dian’ lights.

The ‘Luan’ light wobbles back and forth.

The lights are made from recycled construction waste.

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