Gaining a foothold for the future
Gispen believes in the success of the circular economy. It is because of this mindset that we have established a forerunner position in the Netherlands. The transitional phase, however, has been obstructed by uncertainties and doubts regarding rules and regulations, both in- and outside of our industry. For this reason we have developed a new Design Framework together with TNO to gain a foothold in the (product) developments for the future.
Advice & project management
Gispen is in a transition. REUSE > LOSS PREVENTION > LESS WASTE PRODUCTION > Key words when we speak of a circular economy. I believe in these circular principles. I am convinced that well-designed pieces of furniture, both new and used, are the starting point for a sustainable interior. But also that optimum use is achieved by the right combination of extending product lifecycles and responsible use. I also believe that you need to take responsibility for the arrangements you make, and that you need the right incentive to close the loops. There is much to be gained!
Manager circular economy
‘There are other ways of doing things!’
A circular economic approach starts with closing cycles of use- and production while retaining maximum value. Materials are kept at their highest utility and there is no question of degeneration. Value retention is accomplished more efficiently by means of reusing (intermediate) products. In this context, retention stands for adapting a product’s original design and refurbishing it like new, a guarantee for a long lifecycle.
Where does one start?
Functionality is foremost. Each step that closes (one of the) the loops shall have added value. Key processes are product design, reverse logistics, remanufacturing and supply chain integration. Where does one start? What makes a product more ‘circular’ than any other product? That very question turned out to be fundamental to developing a tool for comparing products and supporting design choices: the Design Framework.
The Design Framework makes circular design and its resulting products measurable, which is achieved by assessing the underlying requirements and giving each product a number of points on a circular ladder. The higher the score, the longer the lifecycle. Long lifecycles are achieved by means of reuse, altering a product’s function during use, remanufacturing and finally, recycling. And doing so successfully by closely monitoring the processes that accompany these operations
The Design Framework has been developed to create a foothold for the design process and the comparison of products. This Framework has made the circular process accessible to both product designers and, for instance, the end user.
This method makes circular design and its resulting products measurable, which is achieved by assessing the underlying requirements and giving each product a number of points on a circular ladder. The Framework covers a wide range of topics, an overview of which can be found below.
Using the Framework for Circular Products can benefit you in the following ways
- Allows you to weigh the pros and cons of designs and products.
- Gives a clearer understanding of the considerations, possibilities and the compositions of a product
- Clarifies the ambitions and goals
- Inspires to further develop products and processes
- Uses a process-based approach
- Easy to implement