In the early 1970s we were pioneers with Fabian, a luminaire made entirely of plastic. An innovation that changed both the production and availability of good lighting for many. But times are changing, and materials and approaches that once felt right and proper, require a fresh look.
We do not have time to wait for legislative bodies, but need to change course now. That is why we have begun our journey towards a more sustainable future. We want to learn how to improve and see how we can best reduce our carbon footprint. Want to come along?
Using virgin material or fossil substances is not a long-term solution. We therefore need a new approach to the flow of resources and devices in the manufacturing industries. By replacing the materials in the luminaire body with renewable resources* in our best-selling product, we reduce climate impact from the luminaire body by 83%. We hope that this choice can lead to a positive difference for the environment.
*A renewable resource is a natural resource that is constantly replenished. It must have a sustainable way of recovering to be called renewable. Wood, paper and pulp are renewable materials.
By replacing the material in the luminaire body, from metal to cardboard, we have reduced the weight of the entire luminaire by 32%. A great advantage in both shipping and installation, both of which become smoother and easier.
It is not just the weight that is lower, shipping volumes have also decreased by 30%. No plastic parts or non-recyclable packaging, only recyclable corrugated cardboard remains after installation. The instruction manual is printed directly on the back of the luminaire, so that it is always available for any future reference.
Meet some of the people behind the innovation – who have dared to rethink and innovate.
We are proud of our products and we always carry out a comprehensive quality assurance process before they are launched. In this case, we all learned new things, without sacrificing safety, quality or function.
Learn more here about the journey we have made in developing a new product for the industry in a completely new material.
Like the rest of the Multilume family, Multilume Re:Think is easy to install. Compared to a standard luminaire, it has exactly the same advantages and features – smooth installation with quick connections, high light comfort, integrated Organic Response sensors and the same long working life. The cover over the light opening is removed with a light touch, and after installation there is only the recyclable corrugated board to take care of. Nothing's left out, it's all in the box.
We are excited about a luminaire with a circular life cycle, which hopefully can be recycled several times. More than 90% of the luminaire can be recycled into new materials and the rest can be recycled into energy, i.e. district heating for households. The luminaire body itself, made of Swedish natural fibre and recycled materials, can be recycled to 100%. Maybe you'll hold it in your hand again in the future, but then in the form of a milk carton?
With this luminaire, we've really tried to think outside the box, even if the end-result looks square. We understand that there are many things you might be curious about regarding the product, which is why we have gathered some questions and answers here.
We have been producing luminaires for over 75 years, and have always paid close attention to the details and quality. Since 2020, we have also had ambitious sustainability goals, linked to the UN's Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which provide direction for our sustainability focus and for how we contribute to society. Among other things, we want our luminaires to consist of 80% renewable or recyclable materials, and for all lighting solutions to have integrated lighting control by 2030. It is a challenging goal that energizes us and spurs our creativity when it comes to thinking new.
*Compared to a Multilume Slim.
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