- Article by Natalie Mortimer
Norwegian furniture company HÅG has distinguished itself as a leading international office chair brand, through a conscious commitment to the environment and corporate social responsibility.
HÅG has been producing chairs in the remote Norwegian town of Røros for over 60 years. Surrounded by nature, it constantly reminds its workers of their duty to protect it for future generations.
Sustainable furniture design is something that HÅG has been pioneering for many decades: by reducing energy consumption, minimising waste, and constantly increasing the use of recycled materials, HÅG products are leading the way in sustainable furniture manufacturing.
In 1990, HÅG was the first company in Norway to employ a dedicated environmental manager. It began using recycled plastic from various sources like bottle tops in the production of their chairs as early as 1995.
Today, all kinds of recycled household articles, from plastic bags to shampoo bottles, are used in the production of each of its chair. In 2004, the company became the world’s first manufacturer of office furniture to gain an ISO 14025-EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) certification.
Today, every HÅG chair carries an EPD. The EPD certification acknowledges that HÅG has some of the lowest CO2 emissions in the furniture industry.
In 2006, its chairs were amongst the first in Europe to be certified by GEI (US GREENGUARD Environmental Institute), which guarantees that a product does not emit harmful gases.
Then in 2010, the HÅG Capisco was the first office chair to be awarded the renowned Nordic Ecolabel (Nordic Swan). In April 2015, the HÅG Capisco chair won the award for “Best Recycled Plastic Product in Europe”, presented by EPRO (European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations).
HÅG is a company that genuinely cares about the environment and strives to improve its impact on it. For that reason, all its environmental efforts and achievements make every HÅG employee extremely proud.
The rugged beauty of rural Norway that surrounds the furniture maker’s home in Røros, gives it a deep sense of responsibility to maintain the environment for generations to come. Read more here.