Contributing to the circular economy
At Van Keulen Interieurbouw, we actively contribute to the transition toward a circular economy with our products and services. In concrete terms, this means the following for us:
Starting with the design phase of our products, we use the R-ladder model. The R-ladder indicates the degree of circularity. The R-ladder consists of seven steps, each representing different circularity strategies. Strategies positioned higher up on the ladder save more resources. When we receive an order, we begin by determining if the client’s existing materials can be reused. At the request of and in close collaboration with our clients, we can also design and produce fully modular products.
We use recycled wood, steel and plastic for our products. We can draw up a materials passport for our products and share this with our clients. We strive to minimise the use of virgin resources.
Reuse – The Furniture Hotel
Our goal is to maintain the value of our products and materials as effectively as possible. When clients return products to us, they are sent to our Furniture Hotel. Here, they are evaluated to determine how the materials can be reused. Any residual materials are carefully disassembled, collected at our in-house waste collection facility and recycled.
Our company’s residual waste stream is separated at the source. In every department, we have placed bins for the separate collection of paper, plastic, wood and metal waste. For metal waste, we have implemented a secondary sorting step to separate coated and uncoated metals. The different metals, e.g. steel, stainless steel and aluminium, are collected separately. The bins are emptied at our in-house waste collection facility from which the materials are sent on to be recycled.
Circular water system
We use rainwater to clean, cool and flush. Beneath our logistical centre, we have a basin with a volume of one million litres (1,000 m3). This is where we collect the rainwater from our enormous roof (10,000 m2), which means we no longer have to use tap water for our degreasing installations. This water is also used to flush the toilets in our main building.