KNOEND’S LITE2GO, No Packaging Required

by , 05/23/07

Knoend Lite2Go, Green Design, Packaging Design, Sustainable Lighting Design

We’re always enamored with flat pack packaging for efficient transport and minimal waste, but here’s a light design that brings a bright idea to packaging by eliminating it all together. Lite2Go‘s packaging doubles as the actual lamp shade so there is almost no waste, excluding the label and the instructions for assembly which are printed on recycled paper using environmentally friendly inks.

Unlike most light kits, Lite2go leaves nothing to chance with the inclusion of a florescent bulb to make sure you’re getting extra savings over the standard incandescent. Having multiple uses, Lite2go can either be hung or used tableside, and can even be personalized with markers, making for a fun afternoon activity for kids of all ages. Designed by environmentally conscious Knoend (i.e. know no-end), Lite2go incorporates the mission statement of the designers, taking into consideration the full life cycle of materials going into the products they design.

Lite, Sustainable, Flat Packaging, Knoend

The packaging/shade of Lite2go is made of recyclable polypropylene plastic; and both the electric cord and bulb can be recycled at appropriate centers found by visiting If there are no centers in your area, Knoend will take care of the recycling for you.

Lite2go is currently available on Knoend’s website, or if you are in the Berkeley area in California, you can purchase the lights at Urban Forest Home and will soon be available in the SF MOMA store.

Knoend’s goal is to change the consumer product culture in a proactive way that will reduce manufacturing and shipping waste and provide eco-friendly solutions that extend the traditional dead-end product lifecycle. Knoend is dedicated to bringing accessible, affordable ecodesign to our eco-conscious customers.”


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  1. ironic0n May 28, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    very nice. the concept. as to the specific design- no one has to love it if he doesn’t like it, let it be origami or whatever.
    but the problem with such nice ideas is different principially: such a light system designed as decorative = energy inefficient = non-green design

  2. royalestel May 24, 2007 at 11:31 am

    Yes to all the comments. I predict this will be a spark to fuel some truly beautiful design ideas.

  3. Hun Boon May 24, 2007 at 1:01 am

    I’m sure the designs will improve with each generation.

    But the purpose of packaging is to prevent damage to the product. In this case, what happens if there are scratches on the box? I’m not convinced it’s a practical solution..

  4. racheblue May 23, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    fantastic – I like the simple design but the non-packaging idea is awesome – good job Knoend!

  5. David in Bali May 23, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    This design may not float everyone’s boat, but it is an inspiring consept. I like it….. and use of cfl’s will permits greater use of recycled plastics in the lighting field.

  6. Alex May 23, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    props. However, they could’ve come up with a more inspiring design that the packaging becomes. Perhaps something origami inspired.

  7. ALEX CASTILLO May 23, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Finally a company that gets it! Being in the lighting biz it is just unbelievable how much packaging is used to ship a light fixture. Hopefully the rest of the industry will follow KNOEND’S lead and address this issue. Kudos to KNOEND.

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