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The first motifs made from
SUGAR CANE
Blachère remains committed to its eco-friendly approach and is going green.

In a WORLD EXCLUSIVE, from 2019 the structure of our 2D decorations is made of a revolutionary biodegradable material, made from sugar cane

Our new revolutionary BIOPRINT material is :

BIODEGRADABLE

Decomposes naturally without polluting or harming the natural environment.

ORGANICALLY SOURCED

Material only includes organic elements.

100% GARANTIE SANS OGM

Does not contain genetically modified organisms. Made from sugar cane at a French laboratory.

RESISTANCE

IK10-rated against mechanical impact at 20°C. Can withstand high temperatures and is UV-resistant.

Ecoconception
Material Origin:  
Our new BIOPRINT material is 100% vegetable origin:

It is made from organic sugar cane from which the juice is extracted.
After being fermented and distilled, this juice is changed into ethanol, which after dehydration constitutes the basis of our bioplastic of plant origin in the form of granules.

In a French laboratory, its associated to other biodegradable components such as talc giving to it, its specific mechanical properties, UV resistance, temperature resistance according to a protected formula for which we have the exclusive use.

In our workshops in Apt in the Vaucluse, we add to these granules, biodegradable colorants which will dye the material in the mass. This allows us to produce colorful structures, which will be beautiful during day and night and will leave no print of their passage on the planet.
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Biodegradability
Biodegradation is the breakdown of organic matter by microorganisms. 

Substances are said to be biodegradable if external living organisms can cause them to decompose into separate elements without harming the natural environment.

Our decorations biodegrade slowly, meaning they can be installed outdoors for long periods without this causing aesthetic or mechanical damage.

While industrial composting is one way to sensibly manage this biomass the eco-friendliest approach is to recycle the material. By doing this, daily waste production can be minimised.
80%
Thanks to the BIOPRINT, we use 80% less aluminum on our motifs
75%
In 2019, 75% of our 2D motifs are made in BIOPRINT
100%
2025 objective : 100% of our 2D motifs will be made in BIOPRINT
50%
50% of our R&D budget is dedicated to the design of new organic materials
  • RECYCLED ALUMINIUM FRAME

    This sleek aluminium frame is used to maintain the BIOPRINT. structure. After use, the aluminium in all our decorations is collected and processed by an approved body.

  • BIODEGRADABLE BIOPRINT STRUCTURE

    The entire structure onto which the lighting components are wired is made using our revolutionary new BIOPRINT material available in different colours.

  • RECYCLED ELECTRIC COMPONENTS

    All the garlands and other electric components we use in our decorations are collected and recycled by ESR-Récylum which is approved to process waste electrical and electronic equipment from commercial sources.

  • PRINTING ROBOT MANUFACTURING PROCESS

    Our BIOPRINT range has been designed and made with creativity, innovation, design and respect for the environment in mind. All our clients can integrate this large-format printing innovation when they have their illuminations made. Process by Drawn

All of our CSR actions
LEDS ONLY
We were the first to use LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) and roll them out across all our decorations in 2008. LEDs have since become essential.
They last ten times longer and use a tenth of the electricity.
GREEN ELECTRICITY
In a bid to help protect the environment and reduce our carbon footprint, Blachère Illumination is committed to taking an eco-friendly approach over the next three years. We are being supplied with electricity produced from renewable energy (hydro, geothermal, wind and solar) certified by our provider. 
As a result, Blachère Illumination will generate around 500 fewer tonnes of CO2.
FSC PAPER AND IMPRIM’VERT® CERTIFICATION
The paper used for our catalogue comes from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) woods.
FSC products are guaranteed to come from controlled and responsibly sourced resources. Imprim’Vert® certification aims to encourage printers to make tangible contributions toreducing the impact of their work on the environment.
FONDATION BLACHÈRE
Since 2004, the corporate foundation Jean-Paul Blachere wants to participate in the development of Africa by helping the contemporary creation and promotion of the artists. 
In its art centre, located in the heart of Blachere Illumination company, in an industrial zone, it presents exhibitions and welcomes artists in residency.
A HOME FOR THE BEES
The “A Home for the Bees” initiative aims to help protect the bee population and encourage colonies to develop.
We offer communities the chance to offset their illuminations’ carbon omissions by sponsoring a beehive - bees’ work tool. In return, the grateful bees offer their sponsors the fruits of their labour - their honey - which is distributed in pots stamped with the image of the sponsoring town, city or shopping centre. 
WASTE RECYCLING AND CARBON FOOTPRINT
We have had compactors for cardboard and plastic installed at our company.
Two thirds of our waste is collected and recycled by a specialist company.
Since 2008, we have also been monitoring our carbon footprint with the help of the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).
Thanks to this, we record all greenhouse gases generated by our activities - both onsite and elsewhere.
WIND FARMS AND RAINWATER HARVESTING
We have installed four wind turbines at our production site as well as solar panels to light the carpark. We also collect ainwater to water the company greenery.
WIND FARMS AND RAINWATER HARVESTING
Blachère has been in existence, the company has developed a business culture with strong ethical values, reflected in its commitment to social, cultural and ecological programmes worldwide, from reforestation campaigns in Peru to financial and educational support for African artists.
The eco-solidarity trips offered to employees since 2016 aim to build a boarding school in Ladakh, India.