Encouraging nature through lighting

By Jo Weaden
March 12, 2020

Lighting and nature are not usually two topics that go hand in hand, but there are a few companies that are working in a more harmonious way with the great outdoors.

Italian lighting brand Slamp has created a scheme to use its waste materials to manufacture beehives, while sustainable LED company Tala has continued its conservation efforts by recently joining another reforestation programme.

And Cornwall-based steam-bent lighting specialists Tom Raffield organises activities for its team that benefits the local landscape.

Slamp is collecting its waste technopolymers from lighting production and recycling them into beehives. The company has collaborated with DS-Group in order to manufacture the hives.

“We started a dialogue about sustainability, one that transformed into trials and eventually the discovery that our untreated technopolymers are fully compatible with the microhabitat of bumblebees,” says Erika Martino Mazza, sales and marketing director at Slamp.

“Companies should hold themselves even more accountable, utilising manufacturing practices that create as little impact as possible and developing ethical approaches.”

As well as making use of its waste, Slamp takes measures to ensure aspects of the business are sustainable – such as making sure the materials it chooses are recyclable and by using a cold manufacturing technique to keep carbon emissions low.

‘Conservation through beauty’ is lighting brand Tala’s ethos. The company selects methods and materials based on their environmental impact.

“Supporting tree-planting programmes around the world helps us to reduce carbon emissions from production and logistics. As a company, we still have a long way to go on the conservation front. We’re developing a host of designs utilising low carbon or recycled materials to take us to the next level,” says Josh Ward, Tala’s co-founder.

The brand has partnered with a number of conservation charities: “We support The Heart of England Forest in the UK, The National Forest Foundation in the US and Weforest in the Khasi Hills of India,” adds Ward.

Its newest partnership with Weforest targets global issues, as Tala also wants to “look at areas around the world that could benefit most and have the greatest ecological need.”

Meanwhile in Cornwall, Tom Raffield aims to keep its ecological footprint to a minimum whilst protecting the natural world that surrounds it.

The company regularly runs team voluntary days, working on local replanting and beach cleans.

The waste wood from its workshop is handed to local companies, one being a community platform for gardeners to grow their own food who recycle the wood to create seed dibbers and small gardening tools.