Swedish lighting company Wästberg have launched a lighting fixture made in DuraPulp and developed in close collaboration with Swedish forestry industry company Södra and Swedish architects and designers Claesson Koivisto Rune.
“Combining old wisdom with ground-breaking technology is elementary to Wästbergs philosophy” says Magnus Wästberg, founder and CEO of Wästberg. “Paper has been used throughout history for making lamp shades. Now we are using paper for the actual structure of the fixture adding advanced LED technology.”
“One principal mission for Södra, together with innovative partners, is to develop and supply tomorrow’s raw materials based on renewable forest resources”, says Karin Emilsson, director of technology at Södra and head of Södra Innovation. ”The DuraPulp lamp by Wästberg meets high customer standards of functionality and design although it’s made out of a new totally renewable material.”
DuraPulp is made from selected pulp from Södra combined with PLA (Polylactic acid, a renewable biopolymer produced from starch). The two components in combination provide special properties that can be reinforced through hot pressing. DuraPulp is a material with high wet strength, high water resistance, high dimensional stability as well as high tensile strength and bending stiffness. DuraPulp is made from 100 per cent renewable fibres and is fully biodegradable.