With growing concerns about the proliferation of plastic waste globally, the need to integrate recycled materials into the lifecycle of products has emerged as an important and notable trend in the future of consumer goods. One of the more recent and successful examples of turning trash into treasure can be credited to London-based Batch.works in partnership with lighting innovators, Plumen.
The quintet of Plumen x Batch.works lampshades all the product of 3D printing, using a filament manufactured from recycled and repurposed plastics, sourced from the remnants of recycled water bottles, parts from discarded appliances, and a variety of other plastic waste. The 3D-printed collection is also the product of collaboration between Batch.works and five different design studios.
To Plumen, 3D-printing is a very exciting opportunity for lighting. 3D-printing allows shapes and forms that are not possible otherwise. More importantly, there is very little waste compared to traditional methods – products are made to order, from recycled plastic bottles and at the end of their lives they can be recycled once again. It’s a sustainable vision for the future.
– Michael-George Hemus / Plumen co-founder
The first two shades from the collection – Neo by Matthias Lauche and Ribbon by Bold – were released in late November, with additional designs scheduled to follow in 2020. Each design will be available for purchase from both the Plumen.com and Batch.works online stores starting at around $198, including a Plumen LED bulb.