The total life cycle cost (LCC) of a light source is not always easy to calculate but it is one of the most important factors to take into consideration when acquiring new products. Or for that matter, taking inventory of existing ones.
What becomes relevant is to learn more about the material of your light sources to understand the possibility of recycling them after their lifecycle is completed.
To make it all more enlightened, we have in this article looked at some of our own products from a circular perspective and how it is possible to manufacture in a sustainable way.
What Goes Where? How Different Materials are Recycled
Most materials we use for our light fixtures consist of aluminium and a polycarbonate or glass lens.
From a lifecycle perspective aluminium is a preferable metal to use as even though it takes a lot of energy to produce, it lasts for multiple years, it can be fashioned into different shapes based on need and it requires very little maintenance. Finally, the recycling loop is well-established around the world allowing for a high percentage of all aluminium to be recycled.
Plastic recycling looks a little different and is not as easy as other materials.
That’s why using polycarbonate (PC) makes more sense as it is one of the most durable materials in existence, which means its life expectancy is over multiple decades for each product.
From a recycling perspective that means it doesn’t need to be recycled that often and once it does, the process puts a lot less strain on the environment than it used to thanks to innovative solutions.
This means that our light fixtures are up to 99% recyclable with long life expectancy, resulting in a sustainable lifecycle with minimum maintenance.
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