Don’t be square. Be circular.

We believe circularity is the future. Here’s why.

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Swapfiets has grand ambitions. Not just to provide our members with an environmentally friendly way to navigate the world, crush our collective carbon footprint, put fewer cars on the road or keep our bodies moving. But to encourage the world to adopt a new way of thinking and using - through circularity.

First, a quick refresher. For us, circularity is about designing and using things that last. For instance, we deliberately design our products to be easily repaired, eventually starting a new life with someone else in the Swapfiets community - reducing unnecessary waste and improving the lifecycle of our entire portfolio. It’s also about using sustainable materials and production methods to reduce our carbon footprint and ease our strain on our planet.

We’re more than a product-as-a-service business. We’re a movement.

What started out as a way to create a more convenient way of cycling in the city has grown into a bicycle-as-a-service movement which stimulates this use and re-use model. Now, why are we talking your ear off about wanting to do so? You might've clocked our newest campaign that explains just that. But to reiterate - we believe this planet has enough stuff. We don’t want to be just another brand fueling unnecessary waste. It’s why you can’t buy our bikes. And why we’re so interested in encouraging members not to just join our brand - but the movement to an entirely new way of living and using.

Stop owning, start using.

One way we stimulate circularity is through our membership model, which gives you full access to top of the line, custom designed & built bikes as if they were your own. Because we design and produce our bikes ourselves, we ensure only the highest quality parts are used, from chain to saddle. This means we’re on top of every process in production - ensuring our process is *actually* circular, and not just labelled so.

The best part? We also take care of all the classic hassles of bike ownership, with a free and on-demand repair service which helps us stretch the lifecycle of our products. Our focus on circularity means you can rely on us for truly high quality bikes, because it’s in our interest to keep you moving. Literally. If your bike broke down all the time, we’d be wasting our own time and resources getting you back up and running! It’s why we deliberately build our bikes to last, using as many sustainable materials as possible.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein Albert Einstein

We’ve only just started exploring all the weird and wonderful ways to own less and use more. Excitingly, there are waves of innovation in this field already. But of course, we need bigger and better waves to really make a difference. This doesn’t happen overnight, and at Swapfiets we certainly aren’t there yet, either. Transitioning to a circular economy requires a completely different mindset and the chutzpah to question the status quo. Take a look at inspiring and disruptive pioneers such as Signify, who are shaking up the lighting industry. Or, trailblazers in the field of technology, like Fairphone, who’ve designed a modular phone using honest labor and recycled materials. In the end, our ambition is to be more than a company with a line of top notch products. We want to be the rally-cry to entourage the world to live and use more consciously. By asking our members to embrace a new mentality - one that champions buying less and enjoying more. So, what are you waiting for? Join us.

About Swapfiets

Over Swapfiets
Swapfiets is 's werelds eerste ‘bike as a service’ bedrijf met een circulair businessmodel. Opgericht in 2014 in Nederland, groeide de scale-up snel uit tot een van de meest toonaangevende leveranciers van micromobiliteit in Europa, met inmiddels meer dan 280.000 leden in Nederland, Duitsland, België, Denemarken, Frankrijk, Italië en het Verenigd Koninkrijk. In het voorjaar van 2021 is Swapfiets ook gestart in Spanje (Barcelona), Oostenrijk (Wenen) en Lyon, Straatsburg en Toulouse (Frankrijk). Swapfiets streeft naar meer leefbare Europese steden, een 100% circulaire productlijn en wil in 2025 klimaatneutraal zijn. In oktober 2022 trad Swapfiets officieel toe tot de B Corp gemeenschap om hun missie te verstevigen.

Het concept van Swapfiets is vrij eenvoudig: voor een vast bedrag per maand hebben Swapfiets-leden altijd een werkende fiets. En zijn er onverhoopt problemen, dan wordt de fiets binnen 48 uur gerepareerd of direct vervangen zonder extra kosten. Swapfiets is in Nederland beschikbaar in meer dan 50 plaatsen.

Over B Corp
De B Corp community bestaat momenteel uit meer dan 400.000 werknemers in meer dan 5.600 B Corps verspreid over 80 landen en 155 branches. Deze bedrijven zetten hun business in as a force for good en worden iedere drie jaar opnieuw gecertificeerd om deze B Corp status te behouden. Bedrijven doorlopen een streng assessment waarin impact op vijf pijlers centraal staan: bestuur, milieu, werknemers, klanten en gemeenschap. In totaal dien je minimaal 80 punten te halen om een B Corp te kunnen worden.

Over B Lab
Sinds de oprichting in 2006 is het Amerikaanse B Lab bezig om de wereldeconomie te veranderen. B Lab is een non-profit netwerk dat de wereldwijde economie wil transformeren om het welzijn van alle mensen, leefgemeenschappen en de planeet een belangrijke positie te geven. B Lab wil haar visie van een inclusieve, rechtvaardige en regeneratieve economie stimuleren. Dat doet ze door organisaties die hun idealen steunen, grondig te onderzoeken, veranderingen te laten doorvoeren en hen uiteindelijk het B Corp certificaat toe te kennen.

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