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Business Development | WasteBase
Product Development | WasteBase
Frequently Asked Question
WasteBase is a digital platform that connects the creative sector, such as designers, architects, and artists, with Dutch manufacturers and their residual materials. We aim to create a bridge between these two sectors by providing a centralized platform where manufacturers can offer their residual materials and creators can search for materials suitable for their projects and order samples to experiment. Successful collaboration are being shared as articles to promote the project and to motivate other creators and manufacturers.
Manufacturers offer their residual materials on the WasteBase database by specifying the material properties, including photos and the quantity per time unit. The manufacturer sends 50 – 100kg of the material to WasteBase, which repacks the materials into smaller sample sizes of around 1 – 5kg. Creators can search for suitable materials, using various material filters. After ordering a sample, they can test it for their intended application, and if suitable, WasteBase will connect the manufacturer and the creator for further collaboration. The residual materials remain discarded until a match is found.
Manufacturers offer a variety of residual materials, such as metal, certain plastics, leather, and fabric. The database is constantly expanding as more manufacturers join the platform.
WasteBase promotes material-driven design and encouraging the reuse of residual materials. By connecting the creative sector with manufacturers, we provide a solution to the problem of waste and promote sustainable practices. The creative sector is known for its innovative thinking and can use these residual materials in new and exciting ways, resulting in new products, materials, and techniques. Moreover, the sample system allows everyone, including small creators, to experiment with and test materials before investing in them.
Currently, it is free for both manufacturers to offer residual materials and for creators to access the database. However, in the near future, manufacturers will be charged a certain amount per month per material for offering residual materials on the platform. The cost for creators to access the database will remain free, but they do pay a certain amount per sample that is being ordered.
Once a creator orders and tests a sample and finds it suitable for their intended application, WasteBase will connect them with the manufacturer for further collaboration. A successful collaboration is shared on the articles page on WasteBase, acting as promotional material for both parties. Order details such as quantity and transportation will be tailored by the manufacturer and creator and will vary per material. WasteBase provides support during these negotiations. Feel free to contact one of our specialists to make use of this service without obligation.
Manufacturers send 50 – 100kg of their residual materials to WasteBase, who repacks the materials into smaller sample sizes up to 5kg. The residual materials remain discarded until a match is found. Transportation will be tailored by the manufacturer and creator once a creator is interested in a consistent purchase. WasteBase provides support during these negotiations. Feel free to contact one of our specialists to make use of this service without obligation.
The price per kg of the residual materials is determined by the manufacturer. The sample price is determined by WasteBase.
Anyone can register for access to the database. From there, creators can browse and order samples, while manufacturers can offer their residual materials. We are constantly expanding our network of manufacturers and creators, so check back regularly for updates.