Circular Economy

IJslander strives for a circular economy. We also call it a transition from possession to use.

In order to transition from possession to use, we are working with our partner PleinPlan on a business model based on user fee. We are also developing a platform for our sustainable solution ‘growth spaces’.

Cradle to Cradle concept
Additionally, IJslander produces its products as environmentally friendly as possible. We do this, for instance, by filtering and reusing water and safe removing the filtered substances. The sustainable production process and use of 100% recyclable materials means that our smartly designed appliances can be reused for other items, reducing the environmental impact to a minimum and preventing a waste of resources. This is IJslander’s interpretation of the Cradle to Cradle concept.

Total cost of ownership
Through the use and reuse of recyclable materials and innovative solutions, we are working towards a constructive solution for the future in terms of achieving structural reductions in the total cost of ownership.

Repurchase of equipment
Specifically, this means that we buy back the low-maintenance, vandal-resistant and weatherproof stainless steel equipment for recycling once it has exceeded its useful economic life (10-15 years). So you see, your sports or playground retains its value! Even if it has been heavily used, because the way IJslander treats the stainless steel (passivation) means that the equipment continues to look good and inviting, and can be recycled without any loss of value. For instance, a Citybox playground can be recycled into bollards and litter bins to a park bench.

 

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Cradle to Cradle

After they have reached their useful economic life, IJslander reuses the equipment according to the Cradle-to-Cradle principle which states that: waste is food. This means that any materials or resources used must be completely recycled without losing value. It is essential – because materials cannot be used twice for the same application – that a product is given a second life via ‘upcycling’. In other words: the original product must be recycled into another product of the same value. And this is exactly what IJslander does with the sports and playground equipment that are beyond their useful economic life.