Cardboard lamps made from local shops' discarded materials


March 24, 2014

Green Spirit Creations saw an opportunity to create environmentally-friendly products using cardboard local stores were throwing away

Green Spirit Creations saw an opportunity to create environmentally-friendly products using cardboard local stores were throwing away

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UK-based Green Spirit Creations is the latest team to try its hand at paper-based lighting solutions. Seeking out discarded materials from local shop-owners, its stylish household lamps are made from 100 percent recycled cardboard (bulbs, wiring and switches aside).

Its products follow in the footsteps of previous cardboard lights, such as the flatpack Cartonado lamp and the hanging Numeruno, and form part of a larger trend of refashioning cardboard for unconventional use.

The Cover Lamp is a two-dimensional replica of a typical table lamp made from cardboard boxes retrieved from local stores. The company says that the idea was born out of a desire to create environmentally-friendly products and saw the cardboard the shops were throwing away as an opportunity to not only recycle materials, but minimize transportation waste and material re-processing.

The Golden Cube is, as the name suggests, a cube-shaped lamp and uses cardboard cut into intricate maze-like patterns and a 100 percent recyclable plastic casing to house the bulb.

Green Spirit Creations isn't limiting its inventive uses of recyclable materials to lighting solutions only, however, with its product range including a cardboard wine rack, a jean bag made from old jeans and a pendant lamp made from plastic cups.

The team is raising funds on Kickstarter to up-scale production of its hand-crafted products, where the Cover Lamp is available at a pledge level of £29 (US$47), while a £79 ($130) pledge will put you in line for a Golden Cube. The team plans to begin shipping in May 2014 if everything goes to plan.

You can see the company's pitch video below.

Source: Green Spirit Creations

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Thats a really great idea but instead of spending the $47 I could make my own for a great deal less. However I commend them for reusing materials and hope for their sake, they sell.

Joe Sobotka

These are really nice lamps!

Richard Llewellyn

Great designs, cant wait to buy my next lamp! I particularly like the gold cube!

Laura Davies

Made from discards so being blindingly ugly is OK.


Очень красивые лампы! Хорошая работа.

Эмили Касалапава

Amazing design! Plus seems like a really good idea!


In my point of view, it's a great idea to create lamps from discarded materials.


These lamps remind me of ideas in where they reuse old, discarded stuff like bottles, boxes etc. to make home decor items. I think it gives them a unique character, rather than just being something straight from a Chinese factory...


To create one of our products we collaborated with a 17 year old girl, who created us a two dimensional replica of most casual table lamp: "COVER LAMP". We have many more ideas also created by very young design minded people. Now our team is raising funds on Kickstarter to make these creations available worldwide.

If succeed we are planning to get more students on board to make more ideas become reality.

Check out our campaign and if you like the idea follow us on:

Justas Butkus

Eco-friendly furnitures like these should replace the ones harmful to the world. Definitely love the cube lamp design! Excited for more.

Patricia Wu

In my opinion, you could put cardboard in the recycling bin from which recycling companies would take care to recycle it correctly, however the idea to collect cardboard straight from shops is also a good way in making our environment more friendly. It is convenient for shops as it lowers the costs of waste disposal. This is a win-win situation for both sides.

I think the prices could be lower, but a point that you are supporting an exclusive idea than just buying a product it might sound fair and tempting to have a touch on their final product.

Andrius Armalis
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