Lights made from recycled PET bottles

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Researchers from Nottingham Trent University have created a lighting system using LEDs and made from recycled PET, which will be manufactured by Ona Product and initially sold in Sweden  for domestic and commercial environments.

The idea is for the products to be adapted for street lighting in the future, as well as to expand sales to other Scandinavian countries and the rest of Europe.

"As lighting accounts for approximately half of the electricity consumed in European cities, and as the manufacture of lights can have a negative impact on the environment, it’s very important that we design the lights of tomorrow to be as sustainable as possible," said professor Daizhong Su, Head of Advanced Design and Manufacturing Engineering Centre of the university's School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.

"We were determined to raise the bar and create a new range of lighting with a very low environmental impact and found that PET, because it is so widely recycled and because of its optical, thermal and UV properties, was the ideal material in which to house LEDs."

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