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Glamox revamps packaging to cut carbon

Cardboard packaging Glamox sustainability

GLAMOX LUXONIC has become the latest lighting company to overhaul its packaging policy to cut its environmental impact.

For its popular C35 and C95 modular LED luminaire ranges, the company has redesigned the packaging to maximise pallet utilisation and significantly reducing emissions from transport and production.

Glamox says the new packaging design allows 35 per cent more units per pallet, resulting in an annual reduction of 3,717 kilograms of CO2.

In a statement, it said: ‘Glamox has ambitious sustainability targets, and to reach these, we cannot leave any stone unturned. It is the sum of all the actions we implement throughout our value chain that will make an impact.’

Packaging is increasingly seen as a ‘quick win’ by lighting firms addressing their environmental impact. It is now part of Cibse’s TM66 metric, which measures the circularity of a light fitting.

Simon Fisher, who runs the Recolight workshops on circular luminaire design, says a move to plastic-free packaging should be top of any lighting company’s sustainability agenda.

Last month Tamlite Lighting has eradicated more than 51 tonnes of plastic from its operations over the last four years, the equivalent to over a million plastic bags.

The Midlands-based luminaire manufacturer has also reduced consumption of new plastics by a 80 per cent – down from 14.5 tonnes in 2020 to 2.7 tonnes.

The move to eliminate plastics from its operations is part of the firm’s circular economy strategy.

It says it has sought to move away from the traditional linear resource consumption model, towards designing out waste, maximising value, improving maintenance, and returning materials into the cycle at the end of their lives.

Tamlite’s luminaire design team has taken steps to ensure that the amount of plastic used in its products has also been reduced and through design it’s working to future-proof luminaires and expand their longevity.

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.