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Our Latest Collab Is Helping Make Candles More Sustainable

When Poppy Wall, the founder of UK-based candle company Eym Naturals, was choosing a name for her company, she took inspiration from the small, uplifting moments that candles create. Eym actually stands for “elevate your mood,” but the business isn’t just about making people feel good in the moment — it’s about creating ethical, green products that promote long-term well being.

“Our mission is about creating beautiful products that are ethical and green. Sustainability is a key aspect at Eym’s. I feel that now, for a company, not being sustainable basically means you’re left behind,” Poppy says. “Everybody should be thinking about that”.

As part of that mission, we’re proud to share a new collection of refillable candles created in partnership with Eym. Combining Eym’s essential-oil based candles with our custom glassware, the candles can be used over and over again — for years and even decades to come.

”What has been so interesting about the whole process — and an amazing lesson for us — is the idea of holding on and cherishing a beautiful glass piece for years and years,” Poppy says. “That’s where the refillable component came into it.”

The French creative duo atelier bingo., with whom we collaborated in 2021, designed the illustration for the packaging of all products.

Check out the collection here.

A New Creative Project Celebrates the Joy of Sex with Artist Francesca Albergo

What’s better than a happy, playful sex life? That was the thinking behind our most recent creative collaboration with Francesca Albergo, an interdisciplinary Italian artist and designer whose work often tackles sexuality.

She decided to explore the expressive potential of glass to convey a positive message about a topic she considers - being a female artist - as central to her work: “A happy (and healthy) sex life is still far from normal for many, mostly for women.” she said.

Together, we’re creating glass artworks in the shape of sex toys made entirely with Murano glass, using traditional techniques. 

This month, Francesca joined us for several days in the furnace to work with the maestros and explore ideas for the first pieces. “We were more like experimenting, not knowing exactly what to expect,” she says. 

  Much of Francesca’s practice focuses on the beauty that stems from randomness. According to the artist, the process must always be part of the artwork itself. So, she chose to experiment on site, using her drawings as a guide but leaving glass, powders and murrine free to melt together and alter their shapes and colors, without trying to control the result.

”The colors of Murano glass convey such a sense of freedom and joy,” she says. “Through the aesthetics of these objects, I wanted to start a positive discourse around sex, which is something I think we are still missing.”

Updates on Plant Powers from Our Project "Nature di Luce"

Can plant-powered design break down indoor air pollution? 

According to a report by Giacomo Bernello and Lucia Bortolini, researchers at the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Padova, “Inhabitants of the most developed countries tend to spend more than 80% of their time inside buildings with a high level of pollutants in the air, that can reach dangerous concentrations. Several studies have also highlighted plants’ ability to break down pollutants inside closed environments, and the psychological benefits of growing vegetation indoors, such as the reduction of the stress levels.”

Giacomo and Lucia are also leading a number of  studies for Nature di Luce, the project we’ve been funding and researching since 2020, in order to produce a full-functioning indoor chandelier capable of hosting and supporting plant life

Today we are happy to announce that the project has reached a new milestone, with the prototype now finished and ready to be adapted for specific installations.

The prototype is the result of extensive testing and evaluations, including the choice of lights, soil and plant species. Perennial vegetation was selected based on specific criteria such as lighting, irrigation and nutritional needs; ease of maintenance; ability to thrive indoors; and air purification capabilities.

“A challenging task was coming up with the right irrigation system, which was tested over and over, until we decided to make it capillarity-based,” Giacomo explains.

The project’s next step is to develop a site-specific version of the chandelier to be installed in for the interior areas of the Padua Botanical Garden, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the western world.

See more about Nature di Luce.

Where We At: A Coming Webpage to Figure Out Our CO2 Emissions

As a company, we’re keenly aware of our carbon footprint, which the WHO defines as the measure of the total amount of carbon dioxide produced throughout a business activity, from supply chain and logistics to production and administration.

Starting next month, a new dedicated page on our website will show our environmental impact with continuously updated emissions data.

Together with our web partner Display, we created the Carbon Footprint page to improve our transparency and communication with the public. Knowing how much an individual product — or business activity — impacts the environment allows customers to make more informed purchasing choices.

Our dataset is based on a computational model developed by environmental engineer Nicola de Boni as part of his dissertation research. Nicola initially developed a LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) of the Goto glass, which we used  as a case study to quantify the carbon emissions produced by a single piece. Nicola then expanded his analysis to include our entire catalog. His study also quantified the impact of other business activities, such as logistics, transportation, and office emissions.

Our carbon footprint webpage will be active soon.