Going circular with Circular economy

    Driving towards zero waste lifestyle, from take-make-waste to use-reuse-regenerate


    To keep going, the take-make-waste economy will need to consume the resources of three planet earths by 2050. Not only that, but half of all greenhouse gas emissions and more than 90% of biodiversity loss come from making and using new materials. That’s why the switch to a circular use-reuse-regenerate economy is so important to protect the environment and ensure a sustainable future.

    Circular economy animation

    What Signify's Green Switch can do

    With circular LED and connected lighting in businesses, cities, and homes, Europe can achieve massive electricity savings—potentially even eliminating the need to build new power stations.

    Our 3D-printed luminaires have a 47% lower carbon footprint than traditional metal luminaires and can be returned at end of life to be recycled and then reprinted. Our Light-as-a-Service options—where customers pay only for the light they use while we manage, reuse, and recycle luminaires—promotes sustainability along the entire lighting lifecycle. And our Circular Lighting approach reduces maintenance costs by 60% with zero waste to landfill.

    Circular economy examples 

    Philips is creating sustainable products, aiming to a zero-waste goal.
    A revolution in sustainable design
    With products that are made to order locally and created from 100% recyclable materials—reducing waste, minimizing emissions, and supporting the circular economy—Philips is revolutionizing sustainable design.
    A 3D printed luminaires made from old finishing nets from the ocean, promoting a zero-waste and circular economy.
    Coastal breeze— Cleaning the ocean, one lamp at a time
    Crafted from old fishing nets gathered directly from the ocean, this special collection of 3D-printed luminaires empowers you to make a conscious choice without having to compromise on beauty.
    A sustainable, zero-waste, circular economy supporting circular earth.
    Earth is circular. So is our way to care for it.
    To transition towards a sustainable and circular economy we need to rethink the way we produce and consume. Signify is driving the development of eco-friendly products that can be reprinted, refurbished, reused or recycled.
    Products made by recycling old materials promoting circular economy.
    Towards a circular economy in lighting
    With sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, and recycling existing materials at its core, a circular economy helps us retain value and minimize waste.
    Lighting solutions help promote a zero-waste economy.
    Circularity – Lighting solutions that preserve value and avoid waste
    Our circular lighting commitment not only aligns with the goals of our customers, but the future resources of the EU.
    Signify’s 3D-printed luminaires are zero waste products.
    Disruption through lighting innovation
    From LED to 3D-printed luminaires, what’s the next big thing in lighting?
    Lighting systems in workplaces are made by zero-waste manufacturing.
    Circular manufacturing displacing linear models
    How Light-as-a-Service models are changing the way businesses light their workspaces.
    A circular economy aims to promote a green and sustainable development.
    Join the circle, break the cycle
    Circular lighting as part of a circular economy can help countries across the EU eliminate waste and grow GDP. Here’s how.
    Smart city lighting provides multiple benefits for hitting sustainable, zero-waste goals.
    Smart cities need multiple solutions
    Smart cities provide multiple benefits for hitting sustainability goals. Smart city lighting is the perfect starting point.
    Clients supporting circular economy with 3D printed luminaires.
    Supporting the circular economy with 3D printed luminaires
    Clients like Marks & Spencer have already taken sustainable steps forward with our 3D-printed luminaires.
    Internet of Things driving sustainable and zero-waste economy.
    Driving sustainability breakthroughs with IoT
    Systems issues require systems solutions. As a system of systems, the Internet of Things could drive sustainability breakthroughs.
    LED streetlights are part of circular economy.
    Signify takes circularity to the streets
    Streetlights are the latest addition to our circular lighting portfolio.
    Factories with zero-waste and circular economy as their core values.

    Good ESG practices are good business


    Businesses need to consider the full range of economic and social factors to win over modern consumers.

    Light as a simple means of saving both money and the planet.

    Save energy, save the planet



    With Light as a Service, you no longer have to choose between saving money and saving the planet.

    Factories switching to zero-waste manufacturing to ensure a sustainable future.

    Get sustainable—and circular—now


    The switch to a circular use-reuse-regenerate paradigm is critical to ensuring a sustainable future.

    Light as a Service promotes sustainability along the entire lighting lifecycle of each luminaire.

    Hit sustainability targets


    Light as a Service promotes sustainability along the entire lighting lifecycle of each luminaire.

    Circular lighting brightening up the whole city at night.

    Light as a Service


    By taking a circular lighting approach, Light as a Service contracts reduce maintenance costs by 60% with zero waste to landfill.

    Circular lighting offering efficient building operations.

    Light as a Service can improve company finances


    Light as a Service offers flexibility, more efficient building operations, better cash flow, and more.

    Installation of circular lighting in fashion stores.

    What is circular lighting? How to make a closed loop system


    Circularity focuses on maximizing the reusability and longevity of materials and resources, including circular lighting, which can help us advance the move towards a more energy efficient society.

    Circular lighting being established in factories.

    Air Liquide alight with the help of Signify


    French multinational Air Liquide turned to Signify for help with its ALight project, which sought to cut energy costs, reduce CO2 emissions, and improve employee wellbeing at many sites, across multiple continents.

    El Dorado airport being lit up by circular lighting system.

    El Dorado: A sustainable airport


    El Dorado airport, Bogotá, is reducing its carbon footprint through a combination of 3D-printed luminaires and remote light management.

    Connected lighting and circular lighting in manufacturing.

    Connected lighting and Light as a Service in manufacturing


    Light as a Service (LaaS) provides an innovative business model that replaces and upgrades industrial and commercial lighting systems, while alleviating customers from owning and operating a new system.

    Taipei 101 – the tallest skyscraper in Taiwan being lit up with circular lighting.

    Taiwan's landmark skyscraper lights up with a sustainable solution


    Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper in Taiwan and formerly the tallest building in the world, has joined the circular economy with 3D-printed lighting courtesy of Signify.

    Sustainable, zero-waste 3D-printed luminaires.

    Embark on a 360° VR 3D-printed lighting experience


    Get up close and personal with the process of how Philips sustainable 3D-printed luminaires are created. Check out our VR experience.

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    • Clean mobility

      Clean mobility

      Charge stations built into digital streetlights support the Green Deal’s goal of a million EV charging points in Europe by 2025. Savings from energy-efficiency renovations and LED and solar street lighting can power tens of thousands of EVs without extra power generation.

    • Biodiversity


      A farm-to-fork approach helps to preserve the world’s food supply. LED grow lights boost crop quality and yield with up to half the energy consumption. Lighting designed for vertical farming near cities reduces the carbon and water use, and reduces food miles, while aquaculture lighting increases yield, improves feed conversion and improves animal welfare.

    • Renovation wave

      Renovation wave

      With energy savings of up to 80% and the potential to save 100 megatons of GHG emissions per year, LED and connected lighting is a quick and easy win for sustainable renovation, smart cities, and building the digital infrastructure that a carbon-neutral economy requires.