Moving towards the future: We embrace circular entrepreneurship

Our goal is to see nothing going to the rubbish tip or turning into landfill. Therefore, Schiphol sees waste as a raw material of lasting value rather than ‘waste’; something we can use to make a new product after use for ourselves or for others. That requires thinking, time and perseverance that goes above and beyond. It doesn't happen automatically, but it works! You can already see a number of great examples at Schiphol.

Circular lighting in Lounge 2

You may not even notice when you walk through Lounge 2 at Schiphol, but the lighting there is a great example of a circular economy. Philips, Cofely and Schiphol joined forces based on a shared vision and ambition. The lighting fixtures were adapted in this lounge so that the components can be replaced more easily. That extends the lighting’s lifespan by as much as 75%.

Comfortable ‘circular’ seats

The street furniture that we use at Schiphol has consciously been made differently. We grow miscanthus senensis grass, fibre hemp and flax fibres in the area around the airport’s runways. These crops are harvested to make various bio-based materials. These include bio-concrete, which is made from miscanthus and a bio-composite from flax and hemp fibres. These materials are combined in a smart way to make bio-based street furniture.