Circular Economy in Practice: domestic and industrial lighting
With regards to domestic lighting products, the demo was launched in October 2020 until July 2021. A modular lamp was made using industrial scrap materials and with limited material components, in order to facilitate the sorting for reuse and recycling when the product reaches the end of its service life. The lamp is available in wood, metal or plastic and comes in three different sizes.
It has been co-created based on feedback collected via consumer reviews, consumer workshops and a survey to test interest in sustainable lighting products. The product design was adapted taking into account the received feedback.
Information will be provided to consumers on the environmental impact of each lamp available in the online shop, by showing the eco-costs. The Eco-costs represent the results of the life cycle assessment performed by Nottingham Trent University: the higher the number, the higher the environmental impact of the product.
A Social LCA (link to SLCA page) was also conducted on ONA’s products. With regards to the gender pay gap, ONA has a 35% better performance compared to other Spanish companies in the manufacture of domestic appliances sector. In addition, ONA’s staff has flexible working conditions including telework which has an impact in supporting the advancement of the career of the female workforce.
In relation to the use of industrial water, it is very low and has a 50% better result compared to other companies in that sector. Innovations carried out by ONA do not entail the use of industrial water. When producing new lamps, material resources used do not have a negative impact on mineral consumption or fossil fuel depletion.
Finally, concerning the worker’s health and safety, ONA has a very low risk for accidents as they have a policy to maintain this level low.
Information on a “take back scheme” can already be found on ONA’s website in a section dedicated to recycling. Consumers will be incentivised to bring back old or unused ONA lamps. ONA will also offer discounts on new products, depending on the status of the products and its evaluation. The returned product will be sorted at Indumetal’s recycling centre, and components that are still in working condition, will be returned to ONA for future use in production of new lamps.
Kosnic launched the demo in October 2020 and it will last until July 2021 in the Berkshire County (UK). Kosnic has developed a new modular lamp with a substantially better environmental impact: the new product is 46% better compared to the previous version. A Life-cycle-assessment (LCA) was conducted to understand the environmental impact of the new product by Nottingham Trent University and used in the design of the new lamp.
A Social LCA of the Kosnic company was also conducted, in order to measure the impact of their products on the health, safety and well-being of their workers and the wider impact on the community in which they operate. Kosnic’s social performance compared with other lighting manufacturers is listed below:
Environmental impact on the local community, 28.88% better
Contribution to local economic development, 22.24% better
Health expenditure, 10.93% better
Fatal accidents at the workplace 25.26% better
Weekly hours of work per employee 27.14% better
Regarding the sustainable consumption model, Eco-costs will be included on product packaging and product documentation. They will
also feature in their product catalogue and on their website.
The demo will test the luminaire using a leasing service model. The client will actually no longer buy the luminaire, but will sign a service contract with Kosnic and pay a monthly fee. Kosnic, and their business partners, will be responsible for maintenance and repair of the product for the duration of the service contract.
Moreover, this leasing service model was co-created following a survey and 2 workshops, involving several companies. The new modular lamp is now available for leasing. The leasing service aims at encouraging collaborative reuse and recycling as part of the CIRC4Life project which is testing how to extend the life of industrial lighting products and integrate circular economy in design and use phases.