Brooklyn-based non-profit partners with design studio to do some social good
If you’ve ever wanted to do something about homelessness, or the mountains of plastic waste produced every year, then you might want to consider buying a Bubble Chandelier. Made from 60 post-consumer PET bottles collected by homeless people in NYC, part of each sale goes right back to the Brooklyn-based non-profit SURE WE CAN. The project not only takes plastic bottles out of the waste stream, it also helps to revitalize the homeless community scattered around the city.
Designed by Souda, the chandelier was inspired by the cell-like shape of soap bubbles. Each light comes together with a process that requires the bottles to be cleaned, cut, and riveted together. Available in either transparent green, or see-through, the textured surface of the lighting fixture helps to create a unique interplay between plastic and light.
Every single plastic bottle used to make the Bubble Chandeliers is sourced from SURE WE CAN, a non-profit whose mission is to help the homeless help themselves by collecting bottles and cans. The organization runs a can redemption center in New York, which happens to be the only one of its kind in the city. Plus, 15% of each sale goes right back into maintaining the center, and helping the non-profit continue its important work.
What makes this particular piece of home decor so special is the trifecta of purposes it serves. Light is the most obvious, but just as important, keeping even more plastic out of landfills, and offering homeless people a way to provide for themselves and get one step closer to lifting themselves out of poverty.
Souda is a design-focused manufacturer of furniture, lighting and home décor based in Brooklyn, NY that has won numerous awards. They normally produce objects that integrate art & design while also managing to balance a machine and hand-made aesthetic. You can purchase the Bubble Chandelier from their online shop, or see a map for different retailers on their website.
Images by Souda