By using very little water, electricity, and energy to create her products, Ms. Trofe noted that she is "tapping into the genius of nature". As she is recycling agricultural waste and using materials that are completely biodegradable and compostable, Ms. Trofe has significantly reduced her business' effects on the environment. If the consumer wishes, once they no longer wish to use the product as a light fixture, they can break the fixture into smaller pieces to be added to their backyard compost.
In order to make a positive impact and create a sense of public awareness about sustainability, Danielle Trofe has partnered and collaborated with local organizations, such as the Lowline, NYCxDESIGN, and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, nonprofits, educational systems, such as the New School and New York University, and the general public. To accomplish her goal, Ms. Trofe has hosted public workshops, panel discussions, and even hosted a month-long gallery exhibit of the growth production process of more than 100 of the lighting fixtures in Industry City in Brooklyn, New York.
Her collaboration with 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, a highly sustainable hotel group, consisted of crafting and installing nearly 130 lamp shades of various sizes into their space for all to see while overlooking views into Manhattan.
Ms. Trofe is currently studying for her second Masters in Biomimicry; she wants to learn more about biodesign and help others "to understand what materials go into the goods that are in [one's] home".
She recognizes that her design studio is one of a few in the world to commercialize a biomaterial. Because of this, she is very committed to making a successful pathway for companies to follow. In regards to the societal and environmental benefits of her innovations overall, Ms. Trofe stated: "It's not through individuals, or even individual studios. It has to be a larger picture for there to be the impact that really needs to happen".