A major challenge within the carpet manufacturing sector is securing the right resources to continue production. We partnered with MODINT and DNV and adopted system mapping and visualization techniques to offer insight into interventions and transitions the industry can take toward a more circular and bio-based sector.

Detail of the present-state system map

Toward recycling and bio-based materials

Most carpets produced today are made from oil-based materials, such as polyester and nylon. This means that not only are the production processes more damaging to the environment but they are also more difficult, often impossible, to recycle after their use.

Together with DNV, we investigated two innovative approaches within the sector to secure supply chains and the future of carpet manufacturing:

  • The recycling of used materials.
  • The use of bio-based materials.

We mapped the Dutch carpet sector and developed a road map to produce a circular carpet industry by 2030.

System mapping as a strategic tool

We developed a sector-wide system map to observe better and understand the complexity of the flows and relationships. This map visualizes material flows and clarifies how current resource use can be altered and transformed into a more sustainable system.

This process brings together all stakeholders and helps make strategic decisions on making circular connections, sector-wide improvements, and collaborations more straightforward.

Below is an example image of this map. The outer circle shows current resource flows, whereas the inner offers new pathways and technologies that can transform the sector into a circular economy.

This systems map outlines the current state of resource flows and potential pathways for future development.

Circular economies enabled

The visualization of such a complex system creates an understanding of how the carpet sector can evolve its supply chain and enables clear communication about future strategies. Clarity and understanding are vital ingredients for the industry to work together and define programs in which competitors can cooperate and transition toward a circular business model.

Jeroen Van der Vlist
by Jeroen van der Vlist
Chief Operations Officer (COO)

April 14, 2014

Client & Partners

Project team

  • Tom Bosschaert


  • Elias de Valk

    Industrial Ecologist
    Except Integrated Sustainability

  • Eva Gladek

    Industrial Ecologist
    Except Integrated Sustainability

  • Gerard Vink

    Communication Strategist
    Except Integrated Sustainability

  • Michiel van der Vight

    Senior Associate
    Except Integrated Sustainability

  • Ben Römgens

    Project manager DNV

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