Calabaz, originating from Sweden, is passionate about environmentally friendly design. Founded by Mikael Berlin, the brand partners only with local merchants in order to ensure that the highest level of quality is adhered to, along with adaptability.
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As mentioned, sustainability is of the utmost importance to Calabaz. For this reason, they employ the cradle-to-cradle technique, which involves production performed on the basis of being able to easily detach and recycle various elements of the design, once its usage is complete. Where paint is concerned, the brand is careful to use only powder coating, the least harmful to the environment. All wood is sourced from ecological forests. All glue is water-based. No Calabaz lamp materials include flame retardants or destructive pigments. And, finally, all packaging is made of corrugated cardboard.
Whilst ensuring the environment is left unharmed, Calabaz is also set on creating unique, quality products. These are often themed and produced in ‘series’. For example, the STREET series includes various lamps motivated by the traditional industrial lamp. Calabaz has taken the conventional design, however, and given it a new twist by placing a pendant lamp in metal and wood, complete with a material cord. This lamp comes with a diffuser, which dispenses the light and results in a glare-free lamp. This series comes in different colors and wood options.
Calabaz proudly takes on various lighting projects in the form of restaurants, business, and the like.
Cradle to Cradle
They work with cradle to cradle methodology, which basically means that they design on the basis that it is easy to separate and recycle the different parts when product is worn.
They only sell LED bulbs and lamps with LEDs that consume up to 85% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. These contains no mercury and are flicker-free.
When painting metal, they mainly use powder coating, a dry coating method where no solvent is used, which is the most gentle finish for the environment.
All of their wood comes from sustainable managed forests, and they use water based glues in the products.
The textiles do not contain flame retardants or harmful pigments. Adhesives used in production are water-based.
All packaging materials they use are of brown corrugated cardboard.