Our story.
The cardboard revolution
Who is KarTent?
KarTent, but you don’t sell tents for cars, right?! Good question, and we don’t have that in our product range just yet. KarTent means ‘cardboard’ and ‘tent’!

KarTent started at Dutch festival campsites. The founders, Jan and Wout, noticed that a lot of the tents at the camping grounds were left behind after the festivals. When they looked into that, it turned out that 1 in 4 tents was left behind! As you can imagine, that leaves a lot of mess and does incredible damage to the environment.

The solution: a completely recyclable tent, made from cardboard, the KarTent. Made from strong wood fibers, the KarTent can easily survive a heavy rainstorm and is big enough for 2 people! After the festivals, we pick the tents up ourselves, so we can use the cardboard again. Do you want to know more? Check our story here!

But you don’t sell just tents, right?
After the COVID- pandemic hit in 2020, we started thinking about the future. When it started to look like the festival summers were going to look different than before, we decided to take a radical step: all our focus on our webshop. We used the stored (used) tents in our warehouse as a base, and we started to create and develop a lot of products in a short amount of time, suited for the consumers.

Our philosophy
Cardboard offers a perfect alternative for all kinds of products! Most of the time, designers aren’t concerned with what happens with their products when it’s no longer in use. A shame, because that’s how more products than necessary end up in bulky waste, and no products have eternal life! Cardboard offers a sustainable alternative: if our products ever get unnecessary, at least the material can be easily reused!

Our festival-DNA ensures a pragmatic approach and a no-nonsense mentality. Now, we offer about 200 different products, all made from a strong and sustainable type of cardboard. We are so proud of our cardboard solutions and our ability to pick up our speed in a short amount of time, when necessary! See how we make our products! (NL)
Jan Portheine
Co-Founder & CEO

Jan Portheine is an entrepreneur in and out. Once trained as an architect, he quickly found his way in building cardboard houses. In his spare time, he likes to play hockey. Jan prefers cappuccinos with a bit of sugar.
Wout Kommer
Co-Founder & CCO

Wout Kommer is a creative mind in a somewhat less creative body. Once trained as an industrial designer, the world of cardboard keeps him hooked. In his spare time, he likes to climb (the famous Dutch mountains) or bike. Wout likes his coffee pitch black.
Timo Krenn
Co-Founder & CFO

Timo is a sharp multi-talent and enthusiastic polyglot. He started at PWC, but the suit felt too tight and cardboard boxes were more his style anyway. In his spare time, he likes to hockey or ski down some slopes (also in the famous Dutch mountains). Timo prefers a good espresso.
Cas den Braber

Having a chat with Cas is always dangerous, because before you know it you've bought another piece of cardboard at a special price. It has already happened to many colleagues! His sales pitches are as smooth as cardboard, which has already enabled him to warm up many people to a new cardboard reality! His favorite coffee? Simply black.
Charlotte Buts
Growth Hacker

Ever wondered why our growth is so incredibly fast? It’s because we hack the system! Charlotte is our secret, with a team player spirit. She is passionate about beautiful sceneries and would like to travel around the world (at least five times). In her spare time, she spends most of her time with friends or F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Charlotte loves to drink tea, all day everyday.
Dennis Bakker

Dennis is our hero in the warehouse; every product you receive has been touched by him! Despite his unmistakably Dutch name he is born and raised in Spain, which we notice by the delightful Spanish treats he brings to the office every now and then. He likes to play footbal in his free time, and prefers drinking beer over coffee.
Koen Hobbelink

Hear heavy metal coming from the warehouse? Can you hear someone screaming in the distance? Are clouds of smoke floating in front of the windows? Then it could just be that Koen is doing some serious work! Don't be put off by his fierce appearance, because Koen has a character as soft as cardboard! His coffee taste is like his music taste: Nice and dark.
Heleen Portheine
Grafisch ontwerp & DTP

Cardboard and cartoons. Isn't that just a dream combination? That is what Heleen thought too, and that is why she makes sure that everything we design looks tip-top! Heleen adds color to our cardboard, and of course also to our office! She prefers a Latte, but unfortunately our coffee machine does not make that...
Merel Vergeest
Ontwerp & Socials

Merel is our total all-rounder, who is always ready. As long as there's cardboard involved! Not only does she ensure that our Social Media is always up to date, she is also not averse to a bit of cardboard folding in the warehouse!
Sylvia Ko

Sylvia ensures that our cardboard designs are always of the highest quality! With a steady hand she knows how to draw clean lines, whether on the computer or with a box cutter. With Sylvia you know that the cardboard is as tough as can be!! She prefers an espresso macchiato.
Sam Steins Bisschop

Would you like to know which type of karotn is best to use? How cardboard can take your business to the next level? Or do you just want to know how many waves there are in a sheet of corrugated cardboard? Sam can help you with (almost) all questions! Sam is always up for a game of hockey (at a high level) and also prefers to drink an espresso.

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