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Tamlite eliminates plastic waste as part of circular economy strategy

Tamlite Lighting has eradicated more than half a million plastic bags from entering the supply chain over the last 12 months.

The leading independent lighting manufacturer says the move to reduce its reliance on plastic, which has saved the equivalent of 10,000kg of waste in just one year, is part of its on-going award-winning circular economy strategy. The project has seen the company invest in alternative sustainable packaging materials, such as recycled cardboard corners or shredded cardboard.

In order to make such substantial savings, plastic packaging has been removed from a number of products, including LED batten and flat panel lighting ranges. With sales of these involving very substantial quantities of fittings every year, the savings rapidly add up. In addition to this, Tamlite is taking steps to ensure that all new products are plastic free, including its new downlight products.

Tamlite’s Managing Director John Allden comments: “We are witnessing an enormous global shift in attitudes in tackling climate change and protecting natural resources. As a responsible manufacturer, we take pride in leading by example so it’s incumbent upon us to drive positive change within our operations and processes in a bid reduce any negative impacts on the environment.

“Our aim is to build a circular economy for the lighting sector. We have a responsibility to ensure our processes and products are in line with our commitment to ensuring a healthy planet for all. This is why reducing our reliance on plastic is an important part of our strategy and will help us make real strides in being more sustainable.

“We have always acted responsibly with regards to recycling but we felt it was paramount to remove any non-essential plastic, as well as other non-recyclable materials, from our products. Making this change has had significant benefits, reduces our reliance on landfill, and most importantly, is helping reduce our impact on the planet.

For more information on Tamlite's Circular Economy strategy, visit the Tamlite Environmental page.