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On august 9th, 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of its sixth assessment of the climate crisis. The nearly 4000 page breakdown of the physical science was famously summarised by UN Secretary-General António Guterres as ‘a code red for humanity’.

This and similar calls to action from the scientific community affected us deeply, but clashed horribly with the inactivity we saw at ground level with our own eyes and - to be absolutely transparent - even in our own business. The disconnect felt quite destabilising, especially when trying to explain it to our kids. Psychologists call this phenomenon 'cognitive dissonance', maybe you've experienced it yourself? (if so, you've come to the right place, we're CD specialists 😅)

"In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the perception of contradictory information
and the mental toll of it"

- Wikipedia

Sustainability has always been integral to our work, but our achievements were not at a level that matched the scale of the problem or at the theoretical maximum we could achieve. There was room for improvement - we knew it and we could no longer ignore it.

Like many people, we'd always been quite spellbound by 'closed loops' (when producers take back their own products to reprocess and reuse them directly). The returnable glass bottles for milk and fizzy pop (soda) from our childhoods were such a brilliantly simple idea. Could the basic principle be applied to a more complex product, such as architectural lighting? We set out to find out. Several years and a house sale later (engineering R&D is eye-wateringly expensive) we have what we believe can be reasonably described as a solid foundation for the first ever lighting closed loop 🙌.



The basic idea of a closed-loop is simple, but the execution for architectural lighting is - unsurprisingly - a bit more complicated. First and foremost, these essays document the nitty-gritty of how we make our closed loop possible, for you to evaluate for yourself. They explain how Factorylux components are made, brought together, assembled, finished, packed and transported—to better understand how they do, or don’t, facilitate circularity.  

We want you to understand the objective details because they're what make it believable, and those who believe, tend to go on to buy, specify or tell other people about our architectural lighting and lighting track. This is how we pay back the cost of inventing the processes that make it possible 😀.


It’s easy to think of closed loops as something that will require years of research and evaluation to become deliverable but in reality, lighting waste is a societal problem and as a society, the solution is very simple: make manufacturers legally responsible and financially accountable for what they produce, from inception to end-of-life.

It’s time to shut out the noise of lighting corporations and their lobbyists, to unlock closed loop Circular Economy and realise the true potential of the lighting industry.

Lighting industry waste is a lighting industry problem and this collection of essays is proof, or thereabouts, that if we are given no alternative, the lighting industry will easily figure out what to do about it. This single, simple truth is the conclusion of all our work on circular economy and the fundamental principle that underpins everything you will read in these essays.

We need the 4th Industrial Revolution, the makers must also become the unmakers.

So let’s get on...


The essays:


1 - Introduction (you are here!)

  • What's it all about

2 - Closed-loop Circular Economy 

  • The how and why of our manufacturing methodology.

3 - Stone-Rumbled™

  • The most sustainable surface finish ever - explained.

4 - Make-Unmake™

  • Single-materials are what make a closed-loop possible.

5 - Magic-Packaging™

  • Measure everything that leaves a factory, not just the product.

6 - Magic-Paint™

  • Don't read this if you want to continue using regular paint.

7 - Factorylux Mission

  • Why we exist. Where we are going.