About Urban Mining
Gispen promotes sustainable reuse by being innovative in both designing and manufacturing furniture, but also by applying clever methods of (re)use. A product will go through four subsequent phases when it is finished, also referred to as the four ‘circles’ of the circular process.
The demand for circular products is growing exponentially. We respond to this demand by refurbishing existing pieces of furniture. We refurbish products from both Gispen and other manufacturers. One of the challenges we are confronted with, however, is making sure that we have sufficient ‘raw materials’ at our disposal. The solution to this problem is urban mining: a new trend that is focused on extracting raw materials from the city. There are countless pieces of furniture that no longer meet today’s functional and aesthetic requirements and are just gathering dust in storage containers. Gispen is proactive in ‘mining’ usable furniture to keep satisfying the demand, but in a clever and sustainable way.
The circular economy framework will remove any uncertainties or doubts regarding rules and regulations.
‘When you ask questions new questions will arise, and new questions after that’
Who would ever think of making a sofa out of a cabinet? Or a complete locker cabinet out of a tabletop? We would!