Designers are recapturing and repurposing the energy resources at hand to make light accessible to everyone.

A drawback to traditional grid-based lighting is that it's expensive, requires extensive infrastructure, and is difficult to maintain over time. As we begin to take stock of the amount of energy we need to power communities across the globe, sustainable design solutions are being developed to circumvent the electricity grid entirely, bringing low-cost, long-lasting lighting to everyone.

In a trend we are calling Sustaining Light, PSFK Labs has identified innovative designs that are using alternative sources of energy to power sustainable, low-cost lighting solutions, creating new opportunities for people living with limited resources. By exploring new methods for capturing and repurposing the resources at hand and making light accessible to everyone, these products showcase the power light has to improve people’s lives.

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