OUR MISSION IS TO RESTORE THE UNSEEN BEAUTY OF THE BROKEN.
We translate this mission into six key dimensions blended into our business model.
PEOPLE │HERITAGE│ BEAUTY
RECONCILED RELATIONSHIPS│ ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
Many traditional houses in places like Lebanon have been demolished and replaced by high rises. The demolition could have been caused by conflict but mostly by unchecked real estate development. . To preserve a disappearing heritage we look for old balconies, window frames, railings etc.. that end up in scrapyards and we purchase them. These architectural elements are usually destined to be melted down and would therefore disappear forever. We then transform our finds into one-of-a-kind lamps, tables, mirrors and other decorative items by training and providing dignified employment to people who have no access to the job market
Over 90% of the contents of the products we create are repurposed and reused materials. Since the birth of our enterprise we estimate that well over 200,000 lbs of repurposed raw materials have been used in making our products.
The concept of broken relationships refers mainly to tensions between different communities mainly in the Middle East. We actively promote the inclusion of persons of diverse faith, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in our work (employees, service providers, advisers and others). We also build bridges and promote understanding between Middle Easterners and Westerners. We chose the name Beyt for our flagship brand because of its symbolic meaning of house/home in both Hebrew and Arabic.
We generate revenues from sales not from donations. We aim to achieve and maintain financial sustainability to create benefits for all our stakeholders. We belong to the community of Certified B Corporations, a community of 1600 companies dedicated to solving social and environmental issues.
Mainly marginalized, homeless and/or disabled poor men or women who have limited access to dignified jobs in the US and the Middle East. 100% of our iron workers are disabled from poor backgrounds and 100% of the female workers we have hired since our creation come from marginalized backgrounds. We spent years perfecting the technique of transforming and up- cycling salvage into art. It takes us many months to train someone in the art of lampshade making or item restoration.
"We see beauty in everything" as our founder Benedicte puts it.
We particularly concentrate on bringing beauty out of all the dimensions of our work.