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Lufthansa Cargo and IRED Receive German Design Award for Their Upcycling Collection

Lufthansa Cargo and the Frankfurt Institute for Recycling, Ecology & Design (IRED) have received a German Design Award for ‘Excellent Product Design Lifestyle and Fashion’ for their joint Upcycling Collection.


Lufthansa Cargo's Upcycling Collection Tray Table and Accessories Fabricated From the Aluminum of Discarded Air Freight Containers - Courtesy Lufthansa Cargo

On Monday (February 6, 2023), Lufthansa Cargo announced that in partnership with the Frankfurt Institute for Recycling, Ecology & Design (IRED), they have won a German Design Award for their joint Upcycling Collection. The carrier was named the winner in the 'Excellent Product Design Lifestyle and Fashion' category for their collaboration with IRED, for their collection of high-quality merchandising products such as luggage and key rings, trays, vases, wall racks or pen cups. All products were designed locally and manufactured in Germany from discarded airfreight containers. Lufthansa Cargo sells these upcycled design objects, along with other items through their Fanshop, which was launched last year. Fanshop merchandise is produced in partnership with Workshops for the Disabled in Bensheim.


In Monday’s announcement, Lufthansa Cargo’s Fanshop Project Manager, Christina Franz, said,

“It was only in November that the first products from our new Upcycling Collection went on sale and the response from aviation and design enthusiasts has been overwhelmingly positive. We are extremely pleased to receive the German Design Award. It is a great recognition for our innovative idea to give recyclable materials, which have served us well in the freight business for a long time, a new use. The professional cooperation with the IRED Institute and the donation concept of the Fanshop round off our holistic sustainable approach according to a local and social partnership in this project. All products are 'Made in Germany' and 100 percent of the proceeds from sales go to Cargo Human Care.”


Cargo Human Care e.V. is a nonprofit organization that has been supporting social aid projects in Kenya for over 15 years. The German Design Award has been the premier prize of the German Design Council since 2012, and is one of the most prestigious awards in the design landscape. To visit the Lufthansa Cargo Fanshop, please click here.


With revenue of €3.8 billion and 7.2 billion freight ton kilometers in 2021, Lufthansa Cargo is one of the world’s leading air freight companies, employing approximately 4,200 team members worldwide. The cargo carrier serves around 300 destinations in over 100 countries with a dedicated fleet of freighters, as well as belly-hold cargo capacity of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa German Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings Discover and SunExpress. In 2021, the company reached important milestones such as a fleet modernization to an all Boeing 777F widebody fleet, and the introduction of CO2 neutral freight transport for all customers. The airline is currently equipping their fleet of dedicated 777 Freighters with Sharkskin technology to reduce drag, and expand their SAF program to further reduce CO2 emissions. The company also operates an extensive road feeder service network. Lufthansa Cargo is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and is the Group’s logistics specialist.



Source: Lufthansa Cargo

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