While we didn’t set out to create a brand that was about sustainability, the origins of the business in the restoration of a 200 year old mud and stone cottage have influenced how we have approached things. From the outset sustainability has been at the heart of what we do. Below we have highlighted some of the ways in which we are focused on sustainability from the materials we use to our packaging. We welcome any questions or feedback on how we can do even more!
Timber is generally Irish storm-fallen, salvaged or reclaimed and every piece is personally sourced and selected by Eoin. We are continually scouring Ireland for what we call "forgotten timber" - ancient timber that had a previous life such as a church beam, disused railway timber or the Belfast docks. We work by hand, with small batches so where others might discard word that has paintwork, nails or holes, for us this adds to the timber's character and story making each piece even more special.
All of our bulbs are retro style light emitting diode (LED) bulbs, with an amber tint and low lumen meaning that they give a beautiful warm glow. We have sourced some of the best performing bulbs on the planet with an expected lifespan of 30,000 hours or approx 10 years. This makes them much more environmentally friendly than traditional tungsten bulbs.
We have spent a lot of time with packaging suppliers sourcing the most responsible packaging we can find. Our lamps come packaged in paper-based "honeycomb" wrapping within an exterior cardboard box. Each lamp comes with a handwritten label on environmentally friendly card. There is always room for improvement so we make a conscious effort to constantly review the materials we use.
Copperfish has signed up to the WEEE compliance scheme which supports the recycling of end of life products in Ireland. This scheme ensures that as producers, we are compliant with the latest legislation and it enables the responsible recycling of electrical components, batteries and bulbs in centres across Ireland.
We hope that your Copperfish lamp or light will give you a lifetime of light (our bulbs have a 10 year life expectancy and our timber has already lived a number of lifetimes) so should you no longer love it, we will happily take it back (for free), recycle the electrical components ourselves but reuse the timber so that it continues to remain in circulation either as a new lamp or as a reconditioned lamp. Contact us directly should you wish to avail of this service.