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Circular design is Gispen's area of ​​expertise. We have been helping clients for years with sustainable furnishing solutions. We also making our business operations a bit more sustainable every day. Naturally, we move along with the time in which we live and work. We continuously adapt our services and product range to your current and future ways of working.

Gispen circular timeline

Innovative design and production, clever reuse and value retention are important guiding principles to us. We develop new products according to the principles of the Gispen Circular Design Criteria. Long lifecycles of products, components and materials are realised due to high-level reuse. We aim to refurbish our products for a second lease of remanufacture them to fulfil a new function. We can ensure your furniture keeps its value by means of clever procurement and furniture management.

Circular Hub

We have a powerful combination of in-house product development, our own production locations and a specialized Circular Hub. With this hub, we are taking another major step in the further transition to a circular business model. From the Circular Hub we can provide you with even faster and more targeted service in the circular field. Here we provide circular services on a large scale. Think of refurbishing your outdated furniture. But you can also come to this Hub for a wide range of revitalized products that feel as if they are new.

Fully circular

We are at the threshold of a transition towards a new, circular system. We operate according to these five guiding principles:

  • We want to serve clients with the same furniture setups for as long as possible, while retaining a healthy revenue model.
  • In order to fulfil new needs, we use materials that are already in circulation.
  • We close the loops by giving products, components and materials a new lease of life. In doing so, we thoroughly consider the environmental impact on several levels.
  • To ensure the continuity of the circular system, we generate profit: we work for people, planet and profit.
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Gispen is a leading innovator in the field of circular interior design. We take responsibility for our business operations by using as few raw materials as possible. From product design to return flows, we focus on (re)use and functionality; materials and components serve multiple functions and are reusable in our production process. We also involve our suppliers in the principles of reuse. We keep track of the products that are used by Gispen clients.

Focal points

Gispen has formulated focal points for the purpose of achieving this ambition.

  • Eliminating waste: Gispen eliminates all forms of waste from resources, materials and CO2. This is done by optimising our design and production process as well as making our logistics, packaging and all other business operations more sustainable.
  • Closing the loops: We offer our products and services in the form of a circular proposition: maintain, redistribute, repair, refurbish, repurpose and recycle. This is how Gispen closes the material loops when furnishing interiors.
  • Creating awareness: Based on sustainability principles, Gispen is creating a culture that improves the lives and living environments of all our community members. From employees, partners, suppliers and clients to investors, knowledge institutions and communities.
  • Developing circular business models: We are converting our business models into circular business models. In doing so, we implement both the financial and social value of circular economic entrepreneurship.
  • Showing innovative leadership: We want to be and remain the leading innovator when it comes to sustainable interior design through the principles of the circular economy. We are always happy to share our knowledge and expertise with others. We link these to concrete actions in order to accelerate the transition.

Joint efforts

A number of circular partnerships:

Firstly, Gispen was given the challenging task of furnishing the Triodos bank, the most sustainable bank of the Netherlands, with cleverly reused products and new sustainable furniture. Secondly, one in five products supplied to NS (Dutch railways) were refurbished. And, thirdly, the Municipality of Apeldoorn acquired cabinets from Rabobank that had become redundant, which after a thorough check-up and a new colour will last for another decade.

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Tangible results

We are working towards a fully circular business model because we want to make a substantial contribution to a more sustainable world. Every year we publish a new sustainability report.

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Increasing demand for reuse

Our ambitions are no longer just a dream. An increasing number of clients now believes that not only design and functionality, but also sustainability and circularity are key features for their work environment. We see an increasing demand for solutions in furniture reuse, which we applaud, because you can only make a real difference if you do it together. This is why we consider every circular project a gift. We are proud and grateful for the fact that we were able to make further steps in our transition towards a circular business model in 2019.




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