CLOSING THE LOOPS
Gispen encourages sustainable use by means of innovative furniture design and manufacturing. Cleverly (re)using existing furniture is also part of this, in which Urban Mining is becoming common practice. After a product is finished and put into use, it will go through four phases, also referred to as the four ‘cycles’ of the circular process. The cycles are Maintain & repair, refurbish or REVIVED by Gispen, repurpose or REMADE by Gispen and recycling., respectively. As of lately, we also offer the Quickscan CE as an optional service to our clients.
Gispen encourages sustainable use by means of innovative furniture design and manufacturing, but also by cleverly (re)using existing furniture. After a product is delivered and put into use, it will go through four phases, also referred to as the four ‘cycles’ of the circular process. Find out more about Urban Mining.
Maintain & repair
Your interior is kept in shape by carrying out maintenance (1st cycle). After all, intensive use requires regular inspections and undivided attention. Gispen carries out maintenance in technology, cleaning and ergonomics. Checking the moving parts of workstations, chairs and cabinets. Giving instructions on cleaning upholstery, carpeting and blinds. And offering advice on keeping your interior uo to date. Together we will compile a maintenance package which is tailored to your particular situation and level of use. Find out more about Maintain & repair.
If a product no longer meets your expectations, you have the possibility to refurbish this product (2nd cycle). We also refer to this process by ‘revitalisation’. This includes the reupholstering of chairs, the replacing of tabletops and many other furniture improvements. Products (both from Gispen and other manufacturers) that have gone through this process, will then carry the label REVIVED by Gispen. Find out more about refurbished furniture.
If a product no longer fulfils its function, you have the possibility to reuse the product or its components in a clever way. We call this repurposing or remanufacturing (3rd cycle). This simply means that we take back your furniture and give it a different function, or refurbish it to make it as new again. This requires a different mindset, because who would ever think of making a sofa out of a cabinet? We would! Read on.
Furniture pieces that are all used up are taken apart, after which the materials are separated and turned into new resources (4th cycle). Find out more about recycling.
Would you like to renew your interior? And do you care about sustainability? It might then be interesting to see whether your furniture is eligible for circular reuse, both from a societal and financial point of view. The Quickscan CE will give you insight into the options for circular reuse as well as the accompanied advantages.
The professional’s thoughts
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. We aim to prolong the lifecycles of products and we firmly believe that we need to take responsibility, based on well-considered agreements and the right incentive to close material loops. There is much to be gained!