Industrial designers have always valued steel for its strength and durability. Surprisingly, this venerable material is also quite eco-friendly, an added bonus that makes it the ideal choice for containers, automobiles, support beams, bridges, and even delicate, modern jewelry. For Laura Su, founder and designer of Prismera, finding a material for her sustainable line of jewelry was a challenge until she stumbled upon steel, the most recycled material in the world—more so than paper, glass, and aluminum combined, according to the Steel Recycling Institute.
ELEMENTS OF STEEL
“When I came upon steel during my research, it felt like everything just fit into place,” Su tells Ecouterre. “Here was a material that is recycled worldwide. It just isn’t cost-effective to produce items out of new steel. All countries, rich and poor, recycle this material—and the water used in the process—because it’s simply the cheapest way.”
Steel is the most recycled material in the world—more so than paper, glass, and aluminum combined.
And with constant improvements on quality and weight, steel seems to be the perfect fit for Prismera. Inspired by nature’s flora, Su’s latest collection, Figment, features myriad delicate, airy silhouettes with an underlying theme of strength and stability, as well as longevity (a feature that is vital in any sustainable product).
It should come as no surprise then that her favorite flower is the Dogwood, a bloom that symbolizes love that is not only strengthened through adversity, but that like steel, will also stand the test of time.