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109 Janina Nieper – Connecting new designs to leftover materials

Circular Economy Podcast - 109 Janina Nieper – Connecting new designs to leftover materials

Catherine Weetman talks to Janina Nieper, an Architect and Designer, working at Furnify, a design agency in the Netherlands.

Janina Nieper is passionate about concepts that promote the well-being of our planet and its inhabitants, including using the Circular Economy to help us stay within planetary boundaries.

At Furnify, a company dedicated to creating circular spaces, Janina is in charge of Business Development and Consulting, merging her expertise in spatial design and Circular Design. Janina wants to accelerate the Circular Economy through connecting, collaboration, and sharing, and she founded the Circular Economy Club in Amsterdam, with regular events to create a network of Circular Pioneers in Amsterdam.

Furnify is a design agency, designing interior spaces for office work, education, and other activities. Furnify aims to turn its client’s sustainable ambitions into a circular reality by offering 2nd life alternatives for new designs. Furnify’s offers four services: consulting, design, realization, and story telling.

We hear about how client needs are evolving and broadening. On top of the aesthetic and practical requirements around what do we need to do in this space – now, organisations want to reduce carbon, make a positive impact on other sustainability measures, and create healthier spaces for their teams and customers. That could include improving mental wellbeing, as well as reducing synthetic materials, chemicals like flame retardents and more.

Podcast host Catherine Weetman is a circular economy business advisor, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.  Her award-winning book: A Circular Economy Handbook: How to Build a More Resilient, Competitive and Sustainable Business includes lots of practical examples and tips on getting started.  Catherine founded Rethink Global in 2013, to help businesses use circular, sustainable approaches to build a better business (and a better world).

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Guest bio

Janina Nieper is an Architect and Designer passionate about concepts that promote the well-being of the planet and its habitants, thus passionate about the Circular Economy as a means to stay within planetary boundaries. Driven by her passion for the Circular Economy, Janina has actively pursued knowledge and expertise in the field. She has completed various certifications and participated in workshops accredited by institutions such as TU Delft, the Circular Economy Institution, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Cambridge University.

At Furnify, a company dedicated to creating circular spaces, Janina is in charge of Business Development and Consulting, merging her expertise in spatial design with her expertise in Circular Design. Eager to accelerate the Circular Economy through connecting, collaboration, and sharing she founded the Circular Economy Club in Amsterdam, a non-profit focusing on creating a network of Circular Pioneers in Amsterdam through regular events.

Furnify creates circular spaces and turns a company’s sustainable ambitions into a circular reality by offering 2nd life alternatives for new designs. Furnify’s mission is to reduce the environmental impact of a spatial redesign without compromising aesthetics by offering four services: consulting, design, realization, and story telling. They are your circular design partner for an environmentally conscious approach to spaces.  

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Podcast music

Thanks to Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow, otherwise known as the brilliant, inventive and generous folk duo, O’Hooley & Tidow for allowing me to use the instrumentals from the live version of Summat’s Brewin’ as music for the podcast. You can find the whole track (inspired by the Copper Family song “Oh Good Ale”) on their album, also called Summat’s Brewin’.  Or, follow them on Twitter.

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