We want to take our responsibility and do the most we can to create an even more sustainable brand. With taking our responsibility comes transparency, so we want to share everything we do to take that responsibility. You can read about the ways we create durable furniture, our goals, and the materials we use on this page.

HAY wants to make sure that you will still love your HAY product in ten, twenty or even fifty years. Making sustainable interior choices might be a difficult process. You don’t just want to make sure that you will like the design of your furniture in a few decades, but you also want to make sure that the materials will withstand the test of time. Luckily at HAY, you don’t have to worry about that. Our team of stylists can help you make durable choices regarding your interior. Not sure which sofa will look the best in your interior? Don’t know which fabric goes along with the colour of your walls? Book an appointment in one of our stores and our stylists will help you make sustainable choices for your interior.

Our process of making long-lasting furniture starts with making timeless designs. We collaborate with experienced, international designers that are always looking into innovative design processes. We also have a team of people that are researching materials to find the most eco-friendly materials and production processes that we can use for our products.

The next step is choosing responsible materials. We love working with environmentally friendly materials. Not just to protect the environment, but also to ensure that our products are high-quality and durable. We use FSC-labeled wood for our products. When wood is FSC-labeled, it means that it has been assessed by the official Forest Stewardship Council and that the wood came from well-managed, sustainable forests, or that the wood came from recycled sources. We try to step away from chemicals as much as we can and let third-party institutions test the majority of our products. The durability, strength, chemicals, and safety of the product are tested. Because of these third-party institutions, the materials used and our experience, we can guarantee high quality, long-lasting furniture.

Eco collections

We are taking steps to become even more environmentally friendly, take our responsibility and create products that are not damaging our planet. That’s why we have launched our eco-collections. An example is our About a Chair Eco collection. 30% of the material used for this collection has been recycled and it was the first range of products to use our new water-based lacquer. Right now, we only offer black chairs in this collection, because we don’t have the technology yet to create all colours that meet our standard. This is an ongoing process, and we want everything in this collection to be in line with our eco-goals.

We also offer the Arbour ECO sofa. The frame is made out of FSC-certified wood, the fabrics used for the padding have been ECO-labeled and the foam inside of the cushions doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals. If anything happens to these three elements, don’t worry. Because of the basic design of this sofa and the ability to replace parts, you can easily refurbish you sofa to look brand new!

Labels

Some of our products have received the EU Ecolabel. This label means that the product meets high environmental, quality and health standards. This doesn’t just count for the final product, the entire process of production is also taken into account. The raw material, manufacturing, distribution, use, disposal, and recycling have been taken into consideration for this label. You can see which products are EU-eco labelled on this list.



Glue & Coating

We made the switch from oil-based lacquer and glue to water-based lacquer and glue. Water-based lacquer and glue are low in VOC content, which makes them safer and better for our planet.

Leather & Textile

The chemicals used for our textiles, leather and foam are being used under strict limits. Our textile suppliers are European suppliers and most of the textiles meet the requirements of international environmental guidelines. We want to turn ‘most of our textiles’ into all of our textiles, and are striving to have this accomplished by the end of 2021.

Eco certification

Most of our furniture can be dissembled for recycling or replacement purposes. We use the same base for a lot of different chairs, which can be screwed onto the seat. On the rare occasion that the base from your chair is broken, there is a big chance that a replacement can be arranged. That’s a win for you and the environment! There’s also the option to get replacement gliders, shells and wheels. Not only will this make it easier for you to extend your chair’s life, but the ability to take the product apart also makes it possible to recycle the product entirely. A lot of our products can be recycled this way.

Products that can be dissembled have an ‘Eco certification’, which ensures that the product can be recycled after its lifecycle ends. This certification is also a validation that the products are durable, and that the chemicals used for the product aren’t harmful to the customer and the people that make the products.

Goals

To be as transparent as we can be, we would like to share our environmental goals for the coming years with you.

• In 2021, all our textiles will live up to the OEKO-TEX® 100 requirements. That means that every element of products with textile will be tested for harmful substances.

• In 2021, we will only use water-based glue.

• In 2022, the majority of our steel and aluminium will be made with recycled content

• In 2022, all of the cardboard used for packaging will be FSC certified and made from recycled content

• In 2023, we aim to reduce the use of single-use plastic in our packaging

• In 2025, the majority of our plastic components will be made with recycled content


Step by step, we are creating a greener future. Join us!