Sustainable design roundups: 12 eco-friendly pendant lamps

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Lampshades are items that lend themselves to designers’ creativity. They can take a myriad of shapes and be made of various materials, including eco-friendly ones!

So today we’re reviewing 12 examples of sustainable lampshades; all taken from SforSustainable (opened in a new window/tab), the sustainable interior design platform I curate!

 
Moodboard & detailed product descriptions at the end of the article

Natural fibres

From bamboo to seagrass and rattan, weaving natural fibres into lampshades creates rich natural textures and interesting light–and–shadow effects.

Weaving is a traditional craft in many areas of the world and the production of such lampshades is often a way to support this long-lived skill.

Wicker pendant lamp over a sofa.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Bottega Intreccio (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)
Rattan pendant lamps and furniture styled in a garden under a big tree.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Raw Materials (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)
Bamboo pendant lamp in a blue bedroom.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: IKEA (opened in a new window/tab)

Natural “debris”

There is no waste in nature. But many natural “debris” can be given additional value when used as raw materials for unconventional and sustainable objects.

For example at Miyuca, fallen leaves are collected and turned into lampshades that retain those typical autumnal colours.

Similarly, Caracara creates lampshades from several natural "leftovers", including orange peels and pine needles collected from discarded Christmas trees!

Pendant lamp made of fallen leaves displayed in a forest.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Miyuca (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)
Pendant lamps made of natural debris lined on a table.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Caracara (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)

Agricultural waste

Still on the topic of natural leftovers, agricultural waste can be given value as well!

High Society uses residues from the cultivation of wine, hemp and tobacco, mixes them with a natural binder and shapes them into lampshades!

Pendant lamps made of agricultural waste.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: High Society (opened in a new window/tab)

Upcycling

Upcycling is defined as the act – or rather the art – of reusing a material / object for an application that increases its value.

For instance, Livable World takes the cage of old fans – which has become a piece of trash – and turns it into a lampshade!

Another example of upcycling which starts from a humble material comes from Tabitha Bargh, who recycles corrugated cardboard sheets into beautiful pendant lamps!

Pendant lamps made with an old fan.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Livable World (opened in a new window/tab)
Pendant lamps made of corrugated cardboard displayed over a table.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Tabitha Bargh (opened in a new window/tab)

Plastic bottles

PET bottles can be upcycled in a number of products ranging from textiles to tiles. Lampshades are no exception and two examples (just to name a couple) come from IKEA and Muuto, that respectively turn PET bottles into a hard plastic material and felt.

Pendant lamps for children made with PET bottles.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: IKEA (opened in a new window/tab)
Pendant lamp made with recycled plastic felt.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Muuto (opened in a new window/tab)

Textiles

It’s not always easy to make a production process zero-waste. But this doesn’t mean production leftovers are useless!

For example, a collaboration between designer Sonia Laudet and Market Set has turned fabric scraps into a lighting collection!

Another natural textile that can take the shape of a lampshade is wool felt. At LumaLano, wool is sourced from conscious farmers and the production process is environmentally friendly in several ways.

Pendant lamps made with fabric scraps shaped as flowers.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Market Set (opened in a new window/tab)
Pendant lamps hanging over a side table.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: LumaLano (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)

 
So here's a recap of these 12 sustainable pendant lamps!

 
Click on the names for a detailed explanation of what makes each lamp a sustainable choice

Moodboard showing 12 sustainable lampshades.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>

1.Sfera - by Bottega Intreccio (opened in a new window/tab)
2.Maze - by Raw Materials (opened in a new window/tab)
3.KNIXHULT - by IKEA (opened in a new window/tab)
4.LAAB - by Miyuca (opened in a new window/tab)
5.Pine Needles - by Caracara (opened in a new window/tab)
6a.Wine - by High Society (opened in a new window/tab)
6b.Hemp - by High Society (opened in a new window/tab)
6c.Tobacco - by High Society (opened in a new window/tab)
7.Fan - by Livable World (opened in a new window/tab)
8.Carton C5 - by Tabitha Bargh (opened in a new window/tab)
9.TROLLBO - by Ikea (opened in a new window/tab)
10.Under the Bell - by Muuto (opened in a new window/tab)
11.Sonia Laudet - by Market Set (opened in a new window/tab)
12.Luma Unika - by LumaLano (opened in a new window/tab)

 
These are just a few of the Earth-friendly lampshades available on the market.

For more inspiration about sustainable lampshades (and sustainable interior design pieces in general) you’re welcome to visit SforSustainable (opened in a new window/tab), the sustainable interior design platform I curate!

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On Valeria said:
Che bella questa selezione, Silvia! Non conoscevo le lampade di Miyuca e LumaLano. Tutti questi design dimostrano come sostenibile non vuol dire rinunciare all'estetica.
On Silvia - DforDesign said:
Grazie Valeria! Assolutamente, io ne sono fermamente convinta e cerco sempre di dimostrarlo con i prodotti che seleziono. Sono contenta tu abbia pensato lo stesso! :)

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