HAY focuses on developing long-lasting products that minimise our environmental impact. We optimise the use of sustainable materials such as recycled materials, FSC-certified wood and water-based lacquer, with a growing number of eco-certified products. We have strict regulatory requirements, and the majority of our products are tested to comply with international standards for strength, durability and safety.


The majority of our wooden furniture collection is produced with a water-based lacquer, which has many advantages over normal PU lacquer. The low VOC (volatile organic compounds) content in the water-based variant emits significantly fewer pollutants, which makes it much more environmentally friendly, contributing to a healthier working environment and better indoor climate. Furthermore, water-based lacquer is often more durable than PU lacquer, so your wooden furniture can have a longer lifetime too. Click on the link below to see which collections have a water-based finish.

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The majority of HAY’s wooden furniture is FSC™ certified. This means the products are made from FSC™-certified wood sourced from sustainable forests with responsible management that reduces deforestation and ensures the forests’ future preservation. Certified products are your assurance that HAY’s wooden furniture has been produced in a socially, economically and environmentally responsibly way.

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Eco certification evaluates the overall environmental impact of a product from raw materials to production, use, disposal and recycling. With the objective of minimising the impact arising from production and consumption, the entire life cycle of a product has to be assessed and approved before receiving an ecolabel certification. Both the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel follow principles of a circular economy, promoting a sustainable approach to a product’s life cycle. HAY supports this by developing sustainable, quality products that are designed to last. All constructed with the focus on the disassembly and recycling of the product at the end of its life.

​ECO Certificates: EU Ecolabel, Nordic Swan Ecolabel


The EU Ecolabel is the official European ecolabel of environmental excellence given to products and services that meet high environmental standards throughout their life cycle. Before being awarded certification, a product is assessed at all stages of its life cycle, from raw material extraction to manufacturing, distribution, use, and finally disposal and recycling. EU-Ecolabelled products provide customers assurance that the strictest requirements concerning quality, the environment and health have all been met. Click on the link below to see which HAY products have been certified with the EU Ecolabel.

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The Nordic Swan Ecolabel is the official Nordic ecolabel that works to reduce the environmental impact from the production and consumption of goods. Products featuring the Nordic Swan Ecolabel are free from harmful chemicals such as phthalates, heavy metals, brominated flame retardants and fluorinated substances. In addition to evaluating the raw materials used for a given product, the Nordic Swan Ecolabel requirements also include usage, disposal and recycling.

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