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FLOS Unveils Biodegradable Lamp
April 18, 2012
Italian lighting brand FLOS is now offering a version of one of its trademark lamp designs made from 100 percent naturally water-biodegradable bioplastic.
FLOS teamed with another Italian company, bio-on, which developed the bioplastic over the last five years. The so-called PHA biopolymer is made from the waste materials of sugar beet and cane production, so it has zero impact on food resources. It also requires no organic solvents for production and is completely biodegradable in soil and water.
Numerous consumer brands are beginning to employ bioplastics, particularly for packaging (see Dannon, Heinz or P&G), but these plastics are generally not biodegradable and will remain unchanged in the environment for hundreds of years, like traditional petroleum plastics.
The Miss Sissi lamp designed in 1991 by Philippe Starck is the first design object and consumer product to be made with the new PHA material. Previously the lamp was made of polycarbonate, one of the most widely used plastics in industry.
“The technology is available at a global level and, with the range of biopolymers developed by bio-on, it is now possible to create a vast range of objects in all of the sectors currently using plastic,” said bio-on managing director Marco Astorri.
Earlier this year, FLOS released a new line of LED soft architecture lighting that has received Cradle-to-Cradle certification for eco-friendly manufacturing and end-of-life options.
Bart King is a PR consultant and principal of Cleantech Communications.