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TOLHUIJS inspiratie!

TOLHUIJS inspiratie!
Op zoek naar een nieuwe lamp, wandkast of tafel? We lichten de leukste bloggers en klanten uit die onze producten op een leuke manier hebben gestyled in hun huis.

1. @styleachterover

Onze SPOOL floor in het prachtige huis van Baukje.

2. @the.british.cracker

Onze FENCY met de cutest kat ooit!

3. @mamoesjka_nl

De FENCY in de keuken van Ilona.

4. @sportstudio79

Ook doen we veel custom werk zoals bij Sportstudio 79. Dit is onze speciale bar editie.

5. @joelixjoelix

Ook wordt de FENCY gebruikt als indoor garden. Breng het groen in huis!

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6 tips for Sustainable Interior Design

6 tips for Sustainable Interior Design

Why is sustainable design the fastest growing segment of the design industry?

One reason is a big change in our clients’ mind set. In the past, it was a different story to reach the classic expectations of customers. It was enough that design was efficient, attractive, on time and on budget. In contrast nowadays, renovation and interior design professionals are facing new challenges. Customers are looking for design projects that go further than the classic expectations. It is necessary to be in line in how the design will achieve its goals and what effect it will have on people and environment.

These imply that design professionals need to be more creative and dynamic to constantly find ways to reach customer satisfaction. The new customer requirements are not bad at all! They can improve the environmental conditions of our world and also it is a smart way of doing business! Responsible business integration into different areas of your company can help you to improve your reputation and your strategic position in the market. Turn sustainable! We prepared 6 strategies  for interior design and renovation industry.

1. Make your supply chain more environmental friendly. 

You can adopt in your supply chain sustainable products that support the use of materials that are renewable, recycled, reused or up-cycled. Also make sure that the finishing materials are with the lowest possible levels of volatile organic compounds or chemical emitting materials.

Design table waste sustainable green dutch tolhuijs

2. Use product with standard sizes.

Choose design based on standard product sizes to reduce material waste.

Tolhuijs, staal afval waste design with a story kopen buy

3. Try to read the future. 

It is important to consider the recyclability of all the materials used to redirect their “next life” away from the rubbish dump. For example, by designing flexible floor plans for multiple uses and easy future reconfiguration. Also, it is important to anticipate future renovations and try to avoid them. Interior spaces are often renovated because they become “old”, even though the materials are not deteriorated.

Tolhuijs, staal afval waste design with a story kopen buy

4. Support Energy consumption reduction. 

Arrange spaces to maximize the penetration of natural daylight and allow views to the outdoors from all occupied spaces.

5. Give a second chance to waste material!

Recycle existing carpeting and wall covering instead of including it in the construction waste.

Tolhuijs, staal afval waste design with a story kopen buy tafel table

6. Educate your customers to think sustainable.

We are convinced that each project can be used as an educational experience for users and visitors that enter to the building, home, office, factory, school or hospital.

Tolhuijs, staal afval waste design with a story kopen buy

By being sustainable you can bring a lot of benefits to your projects and your company, but more important you can change the lives of our future generations. If you want to know more or you want to share us your ideas, contact us! We are always happy to hear from you.

Innovative product design. Upcycling; A bridge to 0% waste.

Innovative product design. Upcycling; A bridge to 0% waste.

Waste is burying us.

Let me tell you something about waste: Just in Europe, each of us produces in average 500 kg of household rubbish every year. This comes down to around 3 billion tons of waste every year. Those are dramatic numbers if we consider that they are increasing every year and also our waste every time is more complex to treat.

Worried? Asking yourself how can we make to reverse this issues? Well, we can treat waste in different ways depending how smart we can think. For example, we can put it all on a big heap, let it rot, burry it once in a while, not really adding value to anything, just to feed nearby rats. Getting a bit more from waste is by burning it, so we can have some energy. However, the potential of the material is gone to ashes. Then comes recycling, try to collect the material, melt/shredder/or break it into smaller parts, and turn it back into a treatable raw material. Nevertheless, some materials (like paper, or stone) are down-cycled when trying to recycle them. So the value becomes less and less.

What can we do with the waste? 

The best thing, of course, is to prevent the use of a material that has to be thrown away. But we are driven by economic gain, not by producing less waste (unless this has an economical benefit). We, at Tolhuijs, want to show that there is a step before recycling: up-cycling. Use the waste material as it is. Add value to the material by using it as another (design) product. In the end, if you really can not use the material anymore, recycle it.

Recycling vs. Upcycling So what is the exact difference?

We can help in different ways to deal with this serious problem by recycling and up-cycling waste. However, these practices don’t have the same meaning, neither the same impact. We are convinced that up-cycling is recycling 2.0.

When recycling you collect the individual waste material, and process it to a raw source material, to be used again. Like re-melting old glass bottles, into new glass bottles; energy is used for this recycling process.  Next to the energy usage, also the quality of the material will be degraded, like for paper, cart-board, stone, etc.

In the other hand, up-cycling goes one step higher, reusing an object with very little waste or energy in the process, and extending the life of the material. For those reasons up-cycling beats recycling. When we up-cycle waste, we try to look for new ways to repurpose the component, and try to give it more value than the original material has had.

Upcycling at Tolhuijs.

Let’s look at Tolhuijs products. Our partner supplier is a manufacturer of wood products. They use wood as the raw material to produce useful things, for example: Train parts, pallets, etc. After usage, or during production, an amount of  wood waste is inevitable generated. When wood turns in waste, its main purpose is gone. Even if material still has the same quality features, the remaining (waste) material has no value for the manufacturer. It is costly to be managed, stored or transformed.

At Tolhuijs we look for a purpose to take advantage of this materials. After our social manufacturing process, we have increased the value of the wood waste, we created a completely new product with a unique story and design, but without damaging the quality of the materials, and without using high amounts of energy for a recycling process.

Upcycling needs creativity.

Tolhuijs objective is to excel in creative thinking in material re-use, to give a new purpose with higher value to different waste materials. We are convinced that up-cycling is the bridge between recycling and 0% waste. Therefore, we need to think different, be creative, and open-minded. Recycling is limited, but for Upcycling the limit is our imagination.



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