When moving into a new place, it is quite a common process to get rid of an outdated kitchen. However these types of practices result in a lot of waste. So what if we had a kitchen that can be used for life, an environmentally-friendly Circular Kitchen?
During the week of the Circular Economy, TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and AMS Institute presented the prototype of the Circular Kitchen.
The Circular Kitchen is a kitchen that does not only last 10 or 20 years but can be renewed and adapted almost infinitely to changing needs. A circular kitchen means a kitchen for life, with less waste and satisfied residents. The kitchen consists of easily adaptable modules made of high-quality, environmentally friendly materials. It is easy to create variants to suit the individual. A service and take-back guarantee completely relieves the property owner of all worries. The corresponding business model ensures that no complicated system changes are required. As a result, the circular kitchen can be used at competitive costs.
“It is a kitchen that can be continuously adjusted so that it can last a whole life. That is nice, because then you have no waste. In the Netherlands we have embraced the idea of really moving towards a circular economy in which we no longer have any waste but use and reuse products as long as possible.”
For the development of the prototype, scientists, builders, consumers, and industry partners have joined forces. Over the past two years, TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and AMS Institute have worked with Bribus, landlords, ATAG and the Dirkzwager Group to develop a kitchen that is as circular as possible. The prototype of the circular kitchen will be further developed into a marketable product with a European subsidy from EIT Climate-KIC. The Circular Kitchen is furthermore to be implemented in demonstration exemplars of (deep) housing retrofit by social landlords, which are a logical primary target group for the Circular Kitchen.