To create sustainable architecture, we must pay attention to all components of the building, the materials it is made of, the process of production, decomposability and its aesthetic performance. 20 % of all plastic produced is used in construction. This presents a challenge, but also a great potential for using recycled plastic in buildings.
Fischer Lighting has created a new range of high-quality LED downlightsdesigned to be installed into the existing fixtures of energy intensivelamps. In this way, the conversion to low-energy quality lighting can bedone without spending energy and materials on an expensive ceilingreplacement. In the design of the new downlight, careful attention waspaid to circular economy principles, and the possibility to reuse andrecycle all components. All the lamps supplied are recouped at the end oftheir life-cycle and metabolized into components or materials which arerecycled to make more lamps.
The first lamp, August, is made from disused fishing nets from the fishingindustry which are upcycled into high-quality lighting products. Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing nets are damaging fish stocksworldwide. According to the UN, the so-called “ghost nets” in the oceansaccount for around 10% of all marine litter, and cause problems such as“ghost fishing”, where animals such as turtles, seabirds, and marine mammals die. One of the solutions is to improve collection, disposal and recy-cling schemes of all damaged and retrieved fishing gear. The downlightsare installed in the National Aquarium Denmark, which has the declaredpurpose of disseminating knowledge about aquatic life and is deeplycommitted to the fight against plastic pollution in our oceans.
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