Zipperwall BV has set itself the goal to make a fundamental contribution to the realization of the basic principles of the Circular Economy. The circular economy is an economic system that is meant to maximize the reusability of products and raw materials and to minimize value destruction.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has designed a model in which the basic principles above and their interconnectedness are well illustrated.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY ARE:
1.Value conservation is maximized by first looking at product reuse, then the reuse of parts and last the reuse of raw materials.
2. Products are designed and manufactured in such a way that they can be extracted at the end of the use phase.
3. During the production, use and processing of the product no harmful substances are emitted.
4. The parts and raw materials of products (such as lamps) are reused without loss of quality (eg in a new lamp, but perhaps in a new laptop, etc.).
5. The raw materials of ‘consumer products’ (such as toothpaste) are biodegradable and are returned to nature (after any withdrawal of raw materials).
6. Producers retain the ownership of user products, customers pay for their use, not for possession. Another possibility is that the producer repurchases the product at the end of its useful life.
7. Because the performance of the product determines the value, supplying the right quality becomes extremely important for the producer.
8. One of the most important success factors is (cross-sectoral) chain collaboration aimed at creating multiple values. This not only increases the economic value of all companies in the chain, but also the ecological and social value.
The above-mentioned basic principles of a Circular Economy have an inherent vision on the design and development of the Zipperwall®. At the same time, the product offers companies the capability on all fronts for an innovative and circular way of looking at the (re)design of their real estate.
The base of the Zipperwall® forms the aluminium cassettes that are delivered in standard dimensions of 900mm * 2590mm and 600mm * 2590mm. These cassettes are zipped together and can be equipped with almost every conceivable decoration ranging from glass, wooden panels with dust, felt, cork, moss, wallpaper etc. Of course there are no restrictions regarding the colour combinations of both the aluminium cassettes and the zippers. The cassettes can then be built into space-separating walls or into a fully self-contained “Room-in-Room” with their own electrification, lighting, data connections and multiple options for climate control or ventilation. The (re)positioning of the wall can be realized in a fraction of time unlike the traditional wall systems. In addition, the whole is placed independently of its environment and there will be no residual traces during movement.
The need for scalability in companies is increasing more and more. In the field of housing, companies are therefore looking for opportunities to be able to scale up and down as flexibly as possible. The concept of the Ritswand® fits seamlessly here because the simplicity and the ease as well as the lack of damage enable the user to grow or contract the Ritswand® according to the need.
We at Zipperwall BV will take into account the “footprint” that we leave behind for our future generations. For example, we will select our suppliers locally as much as possible and thus keep the transport need as small as possible. But the entire assembly process will also aim to produce a minimum of waste and to ensure that it is processed in a responsible manner. It goes without saying that we have surrounded ourselves with suppliers who endorse this ambition. In fact, they too are all actively involved in their own business operations to further reduce this footprint. We therefore feel strengthened in our conviction that we have given the social and ecological value an additional boost in the chain. We would like to enter into discussions with companies to apply existing material to the Zipperwall® and thus prevent waste from growing and to be able to continue applying the upcycling principle.