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Gispen moodboards of sustaianable materials


No less than 45% of all CO2 emissions come from the production of materials.
We use sustainable materials to reduce CO2 emissions in the coming years
Reduce. We do not want to deplete the earth, but want to take advantage of circular opportunities. Gispen stands for sustainable design. We look for sustainable materials for all the products we develop and realize. We also ensure that the parts and materials of our products can be easily separated after use. So that we can quickly and easily reuse furniture that we take back from clients. In everything we do, we work towards a fully circular business model.

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We ontwikkelden een eigen kleurenpalet dat aansluit bij onze rijke historie én dat het mogelijk maakt om al onze meubellijnen met elkaar te combineren. Circulair gezien is dat extra interessant. Door synergie in de kleuren aan te brengen, zijn producten nog makkelijker retour te nemen om vervolgens te hergebruiken binnen een onderwijs-, zorg- of kantooromgeving. Gispen biedt u stalen samples om keuzes te maken voor de kleuren van bijvoorbeeld lakken, bladen en kunststof binnen een project. Deze kunt u aanvragen via ons contactformulier.

Our colour samples


Our fabrics are carefully selected based on performance, versatility, aesthetics, and environmental impact. We critically examine the production process and the composition of the fabrics. We aim for fabrics made from monomaterials and recycled or renewable materials. We encourage clients, where possible, to make sustainable fabric choices.

Our fabrics
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The search for sustainable alternatives is a continuous process. Sustainability is at the back of the minds of all our employees, with every choice they make. From the design of a new product to production. For example, we use cradle-to-cradle certified lacquer for all our table and chair frames and sheet material made of recycled chipboard for all our table programmes. We are also constantly working on increasingly sustainable solutions in other areas. From packaging materials to smart logistics and maintenance. A few examples:



Gispen has been taking back used tabletops for many years; which we send to our partner Pfleiderer. They turn these items into new sheet material, which we then turn into new tabletops. Tabletops that are made of 100% recycled wood, fully closing this material loop!

REVIVED tabletop

A REVIVED tabletop is an innovative, circular choice for an Gispen TMNL table or desk. It reduces the environmental impact whilst choosing a robust material with a long life-span.

Compact material has been widely used for tabletops in the past. Tabletops made of this material can last up to 30 years. In practice, they are replaced after 10 years on average and the material is lost.

Our Circular Hub takes in around 5,000 used Compact tabletops every year. These are refurbished with a new top layer by an external processor. The now REVIVED tabletops are ready for their next life cycle. This process leads to a carbon footprint reduction of about 95%. By repeating it, we retain the value over multiple life cycles.

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Lightweight tabletop

Do you want to further reduce your carbon footprint? Then choose a circular tabletop from Greengridz®. This strong, lightweight tabletop is perfect for the desks and (conference) tables from the TMNL collection. Due to its light weight, the top is also easy to install. The tabletop consists of a grid of HDF panels made of sustainable, certified wood. The panels are CARB2 certified, free of formaldehyde and glued with environmentally friendly PVAc D3 adhesive. The tabletop weighs on average up to 60% less than an MFC tabletop.* This makes transport less harmful to the environment. This results in a CO2 reduction, both during the production process and after the end of its lifespan.


We have made good progress when it comes to our paint solutions:

Our powder coating is totally free of toxic substances and our paint process is very sustainable: while powder coating, we collect and recover all residual powder. You cannot reuse the material infinitely, however, because the particles become too small in the end. Instead of discarding the material, we give it to an adhesive manufacturer that can use it in its production process.

Gispen has a selection of Cradle 2 Cradle certified paint colours in black, white and aluminium. We currently in the process of getting all our paints by the C2C recipe.

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No Waste Powdercoating

Opt for the No Waste Powdercoating, made from derived powder coating from our own production. This way we reduce waste and with chosing this option you will help our 'no waste' production (available colors of the powder coating on request).

SETT CE sofa


Plastic is highly recyclable. We are constantly exploring the possibilities of this material. A good example is our Sett CE sofa - an even more sustainable alternative to the much-loved Sett sofa. The CE model consists of no less than 95% recycled materials! The frame of the sofa is made of 3D-printed material derived from plastic waste.

Initially, we used our own plastic waste for the production of the sofa, such as plastic doors from filing cabinets. By now, Gispen hardly has any plastic waste left, which we are very proud of. We started looking for other waste flows to exploit. We are now collaborating with other parties that can produce volume, so that we can make an impact together. A perfect example of chain cooperation!



The seat of our sustainable NOMI chair is unique in both its structure and composition: it is made of 90% recycled materials. The remaining 10% consists of a new thermoplastic polymer. This material is highly UV resistant and is easy to clean. The seats are manufactured through 'co-injection' technology.

A fabric cover can be added to NOMI chairs for extra comfort. It will come as no surprise that we  offer sustainable fabrics from suppliers that base their products on hemp and recycled plastic.



We develop new products according to the latest insights in sustainability and the principles of the Circular Economy. It all starts on the drawing board, with a solid and well-thought-out design.

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Does your current furniture no longer meet your expectations? Then we can refurbish it, or revitalize it. Think of reupholstering chairs, replacing damaged desktops or giving furniture another improvement. The furniture is then called REVIVED. We have brought all facilities, professionals and storage space together in the Circular Hub. This allows us to provide you with even faster and more targeted services in the circular field.

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Would you like to know more about the possibilities for your organisation? Feel free to contact us.

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