We will be circular!

Published on Monday, February 14News

In De Plantage we work together on sustainability. And there is more going on in Amsterdam…….

Old clothing is processed into benches and lampposts, we plant cane cigars against CO2, and we grind a sports floor into granulate for a new floor. All good, fresh ideas to reuse as many raw materials and materials as possible.

This is necessary, because we want everything we produce and consume in Amsterdam to be reusable by the year 2050. The municipality, organisations, companies and residents: everyone can contribute. Below are a few nice examples. You can find these and more on these websites: website municipality and site New Amsterdam Climate. There you will also find great tips for what you can do yourself; from clothing to cracks in your house and from waste to food. 

A second life for a sports floor in the Hogendorp sports center in West. In this hall, the old floor has been completely reused and incorporated into the new floor. The old floor has been ground into granulate, which is in turn incorporated into the underlayment of the new floor. In this way they have saved raw materials and materials.

A food bank for laptops. Last December, the first Cyberbank in the Netherlands opened. Organizations and individuals can donate laptops here that they no longer use. They are refurbished by young people who are at a distance from the labor market. Amsterdam residents with a low income and a Stadspas with a green dot can claim such a refurbished laptop.

Discarded textiles in The Swapshop. In this store, used clothing is given a second life. You can exchange old or unworn clothes for ‘swaps’, digital coins from which you can then buy something else. The textile industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world and we throw away far too much clothing. The Swapshop offers a nice alternative.

From pants to couch. The municipality uses old clothing as raw material for granulate. Old clothes are shredded and mixed with old plastic. This granulate is then used to make planks and beams for benches, waste bins and lampposts.