Green & social

Excessive production and consumption depletes the earth. This leads to biodiversity loss, climate change and pollution. Our mission at Kloosterboer is to play a green role and contribute to a sustainable society. In this way, together we ensure a livable planet.

How do we want to achieve that together?

That's quite complex. Kloosterboer has therefore been committed to a more sustainable production process for years. To reduce the burden on the environment, we use sustainable materials as much as possible and reduce our waste mountain through reuse. We also ask our suppliers to purchase as sustainably as possible and we use local suppliers as much as possible. We are constantly in motion for a good balance between ecological, social and economic interests.




At the beginning of this year we entered into a partnership with the organization Werkom. They assist, among other things, job seekers who are at a distance from the labor market. The carpentry workshop of Wortels and co. is part of work-training company Werkom. Job seekers learn here to work with nature and in the carpentry trade.

Kloosterboer's shared goal is to reduce the waste mountain by reusing materials. Under professional guidance from Wortels and co. they make products from sustainable recycled wood. Kloosterboer supplies this recycled wood such as residual material and dismantled exhibition parts. The products are made on behalf of companies and private individuals who would like to give something back to society.

In addition, the products are sent to primary schools, among others, for education and greening. This is a fun way for children to learn that healthy food is not made in the supermarket.

We also offer various job opportunities within our organization for Werkom job seekers. In this way we want to offer job seekers an opportunity to learn a trade from the basics and move on to a job.



The roofs of our commercial buildings will be equipped with no fewer than 580 in 2020 solar panels. This way we are self-sufficient for most of the electricity that we consume. 



To reduce the burden on the environment, we use as much as possible durable materials. We also ask our suppliers to purchase as sustainably as possible. What else do we do?

– Efficient use of materials

Our CNC machine is set up in such a way min possible residual material is created. We do not throw away the leftover material. We saw large pieces to size to use them for other products, small pieces are used for new sheet material. Before we purchase new material, we check what is still there usable residual material.

– Choose less environmentally harmful materials

We replace harmful raw materials with sustainable alternatives as much as possible. That's how we use it exclusively CE approved and FSC certified (wood) materials. The standard sheet material used is Ecoplex. This is a collection of plywood and rod-glued multi-layer panels based on poplars from European ecological cultivated forests. The sheet material is environmentally friendly, low in formaldehyde and lightweight.

We only use water-based paint. This is much less harmful than traditional turpentine-based dilutable paint. It is Healthier in use and much better for it environment.


Environmental footprint

To reduce our environmental footprint, we try to use local suppliers as much as possible. We also carry out as many operations as possible in our own workshop. This way we maintain control over the sustainability of the materials and reduce the environmental impact of the transport of purchased parts. We also minimize our CO2 emissions by working from home and holding meetings remotely, via online programs.


We carefully separate our waste flows to reduce our residual waste supply. To do this properly, we have our own bins for various materials to collect them and offer them to the waste processor. The careful separation of waste also applies when we are working on location.

Even small steps make a difference


We like to have lunch together in the canteen and started at the beginning of 2020 Vega Thursday, to encourage each other to eat less meat. This has now grown into a completely vegetarian lunch based on: organic vegetables, some of which is our own vegetable garden/greenhouse comes. This vegetable greenhouse comes from the exhibition '50 years of King Willem-Alexander' in the Royal Palace Amsterdam and we have reused it. We also grow fresh organic herbs on our balcony.


We use as little (printing) paper as possible. That is why we have our entire accounting/project administration automated in 2019. Time sheets are completed via our time tracking app. Incoming and outgoing invoices will only be processed via email e-mail. The paper that is still used has a FSC quality mark. This provides the certainty that the raw material of the paper comes from responsibly managed forests.


In 2007 we chose to bank with Triodos Bank, one of the most sustainable banks in the world. This bank only does business with organizations that support a healthy environment and healthy nature. This includes sustainable energy projects, organic agriculture, recycling companies and nature conservation projects.


Green Mission Statement
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