Company Summary: Large global supplier of value-based furniture and home goods
The Challenge: A simple need to improve the recyclability of floor lamps that are typically weighted down using low cost poured cement bricks. These bricks go inside the base of the lamp and are typically covered with a metal or plastic shell. Though inexpensive, once made, they are unrecyclable and contribute to landfill waste.
The Solution: As a method of controlling waste in metalworking plants, scrap is typically pressed together into a ‘puck’, which makes the swarf, off-cuttings, and excess metal more compact and easier to handle. This process is done by feeding the waste into a pressing machine that applies sufficient pressure to shape the waste. The furniture company now incorporates these pucks as a base weight in their lamp designs, reducing waste and allowing them to be recycled– promoting a more circular economy model.