Aware of the abundance of recycled bottle pellets in China, Iconic Lights set about investigating further. So, it turns out that it is not just the cost of setting up machinery to turn crates of plastic pellets into our wonderful pendant designs, there would be other restrictions too.
Restrictions aside, being the creative and style-driven folk that we are we set about with many, many plans for a family of eco-friendly homeware lighting. In our design pipe-line we had smoked finishes in beautiful amber, rose, tarnished silver and even blackened bronze-effect. We wanted organic shapes, inspired by the sea from which the plastic bottles had traveled. With blue being the new grey for 2020, we had visions of nautical-inspired interiors with our light-weight and low impact pendant quietly making aa big eco-friendly statement in homes across the UK.
The new machinery would need timely (and therefore costly) cleaning if colour variations were required. Several new tools would be needed to ensure all component parts of the shade would be 100% recyclable, as well as made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Good design requires a firm commitment to the credentials driving any new product development and so compromise, even on this occasion, just was not an option. Several (also costly) 3D printed samples later and we arrived at the inspiring Eden shade - a timeless design in a stylish finish and what's more every component, including the packaging is 100% recyclable, completing the circle of Eden's journey.