Steel with a story
Sustainability in the kitchen isn’t just about the food you eat. It’s also about how you prepare it. Entrepreneur Mark Suurbier explains how he came up with the idea to turn train tracks into sustainable pans.
Besides producing environmentally-friendly pans, Combekk has brought back the classic ‘Dutch oven’ invented in the 17th century, to cook casseroles. [02:23]
“We are increasingly conscious about where our food comes from, but what about the tools we prepare our meals with? Can you trace back their origin?”, asks Mark.
In 2016, he set up his first company Combekk, to produce pans out of 100 percent recycled iron. Each pan bears a stamp of origin: the railway that it’s made from.
“We melt old Dutch railway train tracks at 1,500 degrees Celsius, mix it with sand and other materials and wait for it to solidify. Shortly after, cooking can begin!”
Mark and team have won various awards for their business, including the Orange Trade Mission Fund that allowed Combekk to grow internationally and sell 20,000 pans in nine countries.
“This is my way of making the world a better place,” he says.
We're proud to have Mark as client of ING. Thank-you for reminding us why we're here.