Strict environmental and quality criteria guide the selection of production materials for our furniture. They must be durable; furniture that passes the test of time is implicitly environmentally friendly. Materials must also contribute to minimising the impact on the climate.
We prioritise natural, renewable materials and by-products such as wood, leather and wool. Also in product development, we take great consideration for the environment by optimising the use of materials and many components are used in several models, which helps minimise resource consumption. We work a lot with separability, which makes details repairable and interchangeable.
Wood & Wood-Based Material
Almost all our products contain wood: mostly Nordic timber. Wood was where it all started in 1893. We have a long woodworking tradition, previously from felling to finished furniture; nowadays we purchase raw materials that we process to their full potential. Wood is a renewable material and has great environmental advantages compared to other materials. It is extracted with minimal energy input from a renewable resource and is very advantageous in terms of a lifecycle perspective.
We require our suppliers to trace all timber and wood-based materials to ensure that they come from legal and acceptable sources. That means the wood never originates from forest environments that deserve protection for their high biological or social value. Furthermore, it means national and local laws and regulations are followed regarding the environment, labour, welfare, health, safety, other parties’ usufruct, taxes and fees.
Wood is a living material that is influenced by its surrounding climate. Wooden furniture should be kept in heated rooms to prevent cracks forming and changes in shape. It is also worth remembering that if wooden furniture is exposed to sunlight, then this should be done equally in order to avoid uneven discolouration.
Wood is reusable, recyclable and energy recyclable.
Plastic & Rubber
We use a small amount of plastic in our furniture for the minor fittings and feet. These help protect the floor when furniture is moved, and protect the furniture during cleaning, as well as making it easier to move furniture about. Our furniture does not contain any plastic details with PVC, short-chain chlorinated paraffin (SCCP), pigment based on lead, cadmium, tin, chromium six or mercury, fertility-damaging plasticisers or halogenated flame retardants containing chlorine or bromine compounds.
Our plastic components are recyclable or energy recyclable.
Gärsnäs uses high-quality polyether or moulded polyurethane (PUR) in our upholstered furniture. They are dimensionally stable and contain no fertility-damaging plasticisers or halogenated flame retardants with chlorine or bromine compounds.
Upholstery material is recyclable or energy recyclable.
Gärsnäs uses high-quality steel in its furniture components: mainly tubular steel. Treatment is required for corrosion resistance, mostly with chromium (III) plating and finishing powder.
Steel is recyclable.
Glue in our furniture is used to join different materials or components of the same material. We primarily use water-based glues for wood and water-based glues for bonding upholstery material.
Textiles & Leather
Our customers select the textiles for their furniture. We recommend fabrics with the EU Ecolabel. Please refer to the respective manufacturer for more information on the specific fabric.
We use vegetable-tanned leather supplied by Tärnsjö Garveri. Leather is a living material and like other natural materials may have minor changes in colour, tiny marks from insect bites, etc, which all shows it is a natural product.
Leather is a renewable by-product and like textiles can be reused, recycled or energy recycled.
All our products receive surface treatment. Wood details are lacquered or stained and steel is chromed (chromium III) or powder coated. Hardwax oil is used on some wooden furniture. As much as possible, we use water-based surface treatment products and always strive to minimise our environmental impact by making good choices regarding surface treatment products.
We use packaging material that can be recycled or reused. The majority of our furniture is packed with protective bags and felting, which helps optimise transport and wrapping material. In some cases, our furniture is despatched in cardboard boxes.
Gärsnäs is affiliated with FTI (Förpacknings och Tidningsinsamlingen) and as a producer we take specific care of packaging material. Plastic and cardboard are left for recycling when it can no longer be reused.