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 downlights designed to be installed into the existing fixtures of energy-intensive lamps. In this way, the conversion to low-energy quality lighting can be done without spending energy and materials on an expensive ceiling replacement. In the design of the new downlight, careful attention was paid to circular economy principles and the possibility to reuse and recycle all components. All the lamps supplied are recouped at the end of their life cycle and metabolised into components or materials which are recycled to make more lamps.
The first lamp, August, is made from disused fishing nets from the fishing industry which are upcycled into high-quality lighting products. Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing nets are damaging fish stocks worldwide. According to the UN, the so-called “ghost nets” in the oceans account 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 downlights are installed in the National Aquarium of Denmark, which has the declared purpose of disseminating knowledge about aquatic life and is deeply committed to the fight against plastic pollution in our oceans.