Eco Design & Circularity

Circularity

Ecological Design

Ecodesign what is it? It is an approach to product design that takes into consideration the environmental impacts, not only during the manufacture process but during the whole product lifecycle.

 

The EU first introduced the Ecodesign directive in 2005 covering a small number products that potentially could have the biggest impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Everyday consumer goods such as televisions computers and water heaters were targeted, these items which sold in large numbers had the biggest potential to help reduce emissions. The European Commission estimates that this package of measures will deliver 167 TWh of final energy savings per year by 2030. This is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of Denmark.

 

Primarily focused at consumer products the recommendations and considerations laid out in the directive can also have great impact on public lighting products. By focusing on Ecodesign during the development process we have identified key areas which can minimise environmental impact and waste materials whilst maximising CO2 and Energy savings.

 

Repair, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • When designing our approach is that of a minimalist mindset. Functionality is the focus and reducing unnecessary frills enables us to save on raw materials.
  • Simple designs = simple production. We have very little wastage in the manufacturing process because the product is well engineered to minimise material. Complex designs often have a lower successful yield during manufacture and lead to higher wastage.
  • During manufacture we aim to maximise recycled materials in both aluminium and plastic components.
  • All of our luminaire ranges are modular and repairable. Should a component fail the lantern is design in such a way that the component is easily accessible to allow it to be removed for repair or replacement. Those components which are integral to the lantern such as the main body, canopy or spigot and not as easily changed, have undergone rigorous testing to ensure a life time beyond 25 years.
  • If a lantern is beyond repair we look to recovery. Any parts that have a useful life can be maintained for reuse in a future repair, for those that are no longer fit for use they are recycled. All of our products undergo testing and adhere to strict guidelines set out by WEEE, RoHS and REACH directives so that they are 99% recyclable and minimize the use of hazardous materials

 

Sustainability beyond product

All our essential packaging is 100% recyclable cardboard which is sourced from managed forests or recycled sources. Where possible lanterns are delivered in modular flat pack crates that can be folded, collected and reused to erradicate the need for any single use packaging

To develop our sustainable approach, we are working closely with the RI.SE institute in Sweden to develop the circular economy programme for the lighting sector to promote a more sustainable future. (www.viktoria.se). 

We encourage our people to follow a sustainable lifestyle. We promote healthy living and environmentally friendly choices. Offering our staff incentives such as the ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme and support the purchasing of hybrid or electric vehicles.

The Carbon Footprint Standard

OrangeTek have undertaken an independent Carbon Footprint appraisal and have been awarded with the Carbon Footprint Standard. The Scheme assessed our emissions to recognised international methodologies and based on recommendations we can make quantifiable changes with the aim to make the business carbon neutral by reducing and offsetting carbon emissions.