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Bioplastics in retail lighting to be explored in webinar

Mark Shortland of Shoplight

A webinar exploring the use of bioplastics in display lighting has been announced.

The event – dubbed  ‘An Industry Challenged — Our Solution to Cleaning Up Retail Lighting’ – will be hosted by the UK luminaire manufacturer Shoplight, which has pioneered sustainable materials in the sector in recent years.

Its managing director, Mark Shortland, will delve into the innovative world of bioplastics and their potential to revolutionise the retail lighting industry.

‘In an era when climate change, industrial waste, energy consumption, and sustainability are at the forefront of our concerns, this webinar shares some groundbreaking retail lighting solutions,’ the firm said.

Shortland promises to look at how bioplastics can provide a retail lighting solution and significantly reduce carbon emissions compared to traditional materials like aluminium.

Peterborough-based Shoplight created the Nort spotlight, whose body is made with plant-based polymers rather than aluminium. The company has also invested in its own 3devo shredder for recycling the surplus plastic from the production of the Nort. It is also promising a take-back scheme for its bioplastic products, including the Nort.

It says it can reuse all major components and reform the plastic back into new products. It’s also boasts a patented cooling system to take the heat away from the LED sources.

• The webinar comprises a 30-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute interactive question and answer session with Mark Shortland. It takes place at 11am on Thursday 7 December 2023. Register free at:

• Diary date: Circular Lighting Live 2024, Recolight’s flagship conference and exhibition, takes place on Wednesday 9 October 2024 at the Royal College of Physicians in London. Free to specifiers, Circular Lighting Live 2024 will feature leading experts, specifiers and policy makers who will share their insights into forthcoming standards and legislation, emerging technologies and new business models. More info:

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Ray Molony

Recolight Report is an independent guide to the latest developments in sustainable and circular lighting. Learn about the people, products, projects and processes that are shaping our industry’s low carbon future. Plus: explainers on the latest innovations, opinion from thought leaders and video interviews with leading disruptors. Edited by lighting expert, editor and industry figure Ray Molony.