Design for the future
The use of sustainable materials and ecological manufacturing are becoming more and more important in the world of design. We think it is important that our products have a story to tell, not only visual but also in fairness. Today we want to share some of these stories with you.
Last year we replaced all our bulbs in the shop with LED bulbs. This new generation of LED bulbs are in style hardly distinguishable from the old filament bulbs. And for a just a slightly higher price each LED bulb will last up to 15 times longer.
Not yet convinced? Help the environment even more with the Tala 'Ten Trees' programme . Manufacturer Tala plants 10 trees for every 200 products they sell. In the UK they have contributed to planting of 9,000 native broad-leaf trees up until now and plan to plant 25,000 more within a year!
The Bottle Vase series (or Flesvazen, in Dutch) are inspired by plastic trash from the waters of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. After reading about the plastic soup - A area in the Pacific Ocean where all floating trash piles up - Foekje Fleur started to look into the water of her own hometown and collected plastic trash from the 1960’s until now, almost totally intact. This collection was copied into porcelain, the Bottle vases make trash into something beautiful, something you won't throw away anytime soon.
Tiny Miracles is a foundation founded by Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop and his niece. Heykoop designed the Paper vase which is manufactured by the women of the Pardeshi community who live in one of the most impoverished areas of Mumbai, India. Tiny Miracles Foundation supports these women and their families. It is their ambition to develop a working business model to enable poor communities anywhere around the world to break their own poverty cycle. Supporting the Pardeshi women with income means that they are one step close to become self supporting.
Since the launch of this initiative in 2014 the number of women who hold a fully paid job has grown to 100+ women today. And we have to thank you to, because since the start we have allready sold 465 Paper vases at PIET moodshop!