A holistic approach for a healthy planet

We are convinced that every organization should contribute to a better world from day one. 

13 million kitchens

Are replaced every year in Europe. These kitchens are made of MDF or particle board, have a limited lifespan of 15-20 years, and unfortunately are not made for re-assembly. The raw materials in these kitchens are therefore almost always burned or shredded.  
Ontbossing keukens

4 – 10 million tons

Sheet material is destroyed every year. Fortunately, more and more companies are opting for shredding instead of burning, whereby part of the raw materials can be used in new products. Unfortunately, 15% of the materials and all the added value of the kitchens is still lost.
We believe that this should and can be done differently. 
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A holistic approach

Chainable strives for a sustainable world without waste. A world in which the loop is closed and human pressure on ecosystems is minimized. We do this by developing circular kitchens with minimal impact.
In our opinion, a circular society goes beyond just closing material loops. A circular society is socially inclusive and actively contributes to a liveable planet for everyone. 

The R-Ladder

Chainable uses the R-ladder in its design processes. The R-ladder indicates the degree of circularity. In the design phase we already determine how materials can be reduced, disassembled and reused. In doing so, we strive for reuse at the highest possible value. This creates a truly circular product with minimal material requirements, a lifespan of more than 60 years and a lower impact. 
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Full responsibility

Thanks to the data in the material passport of our kitchens, we know exactly when which materials will return to us and our supply chain partners. This ensures an efficient maintenance process for all parties involved. This means that all materials remain in our supply chain for as long as possible.  Together we are saving as many materials as possible from the shredder or incinerator. 

Thanks to this collaboration, our kitchen is 82% circular according to Alba Concepts’ Product Circularity Index.

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A kitchen that plants trees

Trees absorb the most CO2 if they keep being just that, trees. A tree fights climate change, supports biodiversity, improves economic situations and restores landscapes. 
Therefore we are proud that zero trees are cut for our kitchens. Our board material is made of 90% used wood and 10% berm maintenance waste. To increase our positive impact on the planet, we additionally plant 24 trees for every kitchen with local partners all around the globe. For every kitchen installed, 0.24 to 0.84 tons of CO2 are absorbed per year by the trees we plant. During the 60 years of making dinner in our kitchens, planted trees absorb between 14.4 and 50.4 tons of CO2. That is what we call a positive contribution to a better world.

Socially inclusive

Our kitchens are assembled pre-fabricated in cooperation with social workshop the Diamant Group. In doing so, we try to create an inclusive society.
In addition, Chainable focuses on the tenant. With several tenant choices,  less inconvenience and a direct link for service and maintenance, tenants are always relieved and assured of a functioning kitchen.
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To measure is to know

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of our kitchen is currently being validated. The impact of the kitchen over the entire 60-year lifespan has been calculated. This includes not only the kitchen, but also the kitchen installation, the service moments, two refurbish moments and the dismantling of the kitchen. The research has shown that the largest CO2 impact of our kitchen is the panels (25.8%), followed by the maintenance and repair scenario (15-18%) and thirdly the modular steel frame (12.6%).

The results of the LCA will be available as soon as possible in the National Environmental Database of the Netherlands. This will lead to a fair and transparant comparison with traditional linear kitchens. 

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Our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are seventeen goals to make the world a better place by 2030. The goals form a global compass for challenges such as poverty, education and the climate crisis. Thanks to the collaboration with our supply chain partners, our K-a-a-S model is working towards the realization of SDG 9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure,  SDG 12 – sustainable consumption and production and SDG 13 – climate action.

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The Natural Step

Kitchens last 15 to 20 years in the Dutch rental market leading to 40,000 tons of discarded kitchen cabinets each year. At Chainable we are convinced that this can and must be changed. We do this by systematically applying the 4 basic principles of The Natural Step to all our processes.

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Curious about how your real estate can become circular faster?

Our goal is to accelerate the circular transition of the entire economy. Not just kitchens, but the entire built environment. To us, circularity is one of the only ways to strive for a liveable planet for all. Are you curious about how you can make your real estate circular? 

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