Circular Lighting Report

Skinflint donates 20% to ‘Planet Pay Back’

A Skinflint employee with some reclaimed luminaires

Lighting company Skinflint is donating 20 per cent of its sale price to a range of charities under its Planet Pay Back programme.

The Black Friday promotion gives the customer a fifth off the list price off one of its vintage lights alongside a promise that the Cornwall-based company will also donate 20 per cent to charity through 1% for the Planet approved organisations.
It matches the discounted amount in the form of a donation to charity. When a customer places an order, he or she has the option to add a note and specify the charity that you would like a donation to go to.

‘It’s our way of saying thank you to our valued customers this Black Friday without making the planet pay,’ says the firm. ‘Because when a customer buys a vintage light from us, they’re buying into the circular economy.

‘Hyperconsumerism goes against what we stand for. We don’t want to pressure our customers into buying things they don’t need or want.

‘That’s why we’re being transparent about our promotion dates, times and details.’

Each of the charities below has been chosen by Skinflint as a team. The employees voted on a range of NGOs that are ‘mission aligned’; ones that have the same goals and purposes as the firm, and ones that mean a lot to the team.

Skinflint supplies bars, restaurants, hotels, workplaces and private homes with light fittings.

In recent years, pre-used industrial high bays, pendants and wall lights have become highly fashionable for their ‘retro’ over-engineered appeal.

Skinflint sources them from derelict factories across Europe, refurbishes them and tests them for electrical safety before putting them back on the market.

The company finds lights on sourcing trips across the UK and to former Eastern Bloc countries.

Buildings in which the company sourced lamps include the the former Pirelli warehouse and the Cockenzie Power Station.

• Recolight offers special one-day training workshops on ‘Lighting product design for a Circular Economy’. Hosted by industrial designer Simon Fisher of F Mark, the CPD-accredited event explores the design criteria, regulations and standards to help lighting manufacturers apply and demonstrate circular economy principles in product development. More HERE.

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.