Eric Kaster and Sattie Clark
Third-generation patternmaker Eric Kaster and partner Sattie Clark are the founders of Eleek, a Portland based company that sells handmade lighting, sinks, hardware and tiles. The product offerings range from traditional and vintage to modern and eclectic and are mostly constructed of recycled or reclaimed metals.
Eleek's goods can be found at retailers across the U.S. and can also be purchased direct from the company. In addition to their product line, they also offer lighting restoration and retrofitting services.
A sustainable company both in the products they produce and the way they operate their business, here is further proof of Eleek's dedication to green practices:
- Eleek products are durable and timelessly beautiful, designed for non-obsolescence from the start.
- Eleek castings are made of recycled metals with the highest possible post-consumer content (the only exception is our pewter which is guaranteed to be lead-free and therefore cannot contain post-consumer recycled content). Our cast aluminum, is 100% recycled with a post-consumer content between 85 - 100%, depending on the product line. Pewter, bronze, cast iron, stainless steel and aluminum remnants are utilized in casting. We recycle all other scrap metal.
- Eleek offers state-of-the-art energy-saving lamps and electronics such as LEDs and compact fluorescents in all of the light fixtures that it designs and manufactures.
- Eleek uses local scrap material and encourages other companies to do the same. For instance, Eleek's Masa cabinet hardware line is made of 100% post-consumer scrap sourced from Portland's ReBuilding Center, a building materials reuse center located less than a mile from Eleek's shop. For more information about the benefits of manufacturing with local scrap, see our sister site ProjectScrap.Org.
- Eleek will take back any product it makes in order to dismantle, reuse and/or recycle its materials.
- Our silicone molds work for several thousand pours (more uses than are ever likely to be required) and when those pours are finished, the silicone is recycled as filler in new molds.
- Eleek's wood patterns are made from a combination of discarded lumber, salvaged wood and new wood, depending on availability (at least 70% discarded and/or salvaged).
- Metal products are finished using reusable abrasive media and re-circulated water. The resulting by-product, a ceramic slurry, is donated to artists or for use in construction.
- Shipping pallets are reused. We have an incentive program to ensure that shipping crates get returned to us for reuse.
For more about Eleek Inc., visit their store page over at Marketplace.
Images: Eleek Inc.
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