EU Ecolabel criteria for furniture products
Materials and Resources:
- The use of sustainable and responsibly sourced materials is encouraged, including FSC-certified wood and recycled metals.
- Recycled and recyclable materials should be used whenever possible.
- Restriction on the use of hazardous substances such as lead, mercury, and certain flame retardants.
Design and Durability:
- The design of furniture should take into account modularity, ease of disassembly, and repair.
- Furniture should have a specified lifetime and durability criteria to promote long-lasting products.
Emissions and Indoor Air Quality:
- Restrictions on the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from coatings, adhesives, and sealants.
- Requirements for low formaldehyde emissions, which contribute to better indoor air quality.
- Stringent criteria are in place to limit harmful emissions, ensuring that manufacturing processes are as clean as possible.
- Packaging should be minimized and designed for maximum recyclability.
- Promote the use of eco-friendly packaging materials.
- Furniture should be designed with an emphasis on reducing waste during manufacturing and end-of-life stages.
Life Cycle Assessment:
- In some cases, a life cycle assessment (LCA) is required to evaluate the environmental impact of a product.
Information and Transparency:
- Provide consumers clear information about each product's environmental characteristics and performance.
Compliance and Verification:
- Manufacturers must demonstrate compliance with the EU Ecolabel criteria through testing and documentation.
- Manufacturers are encouraged to continuously improve the environmental performance of their products.
Driven by a sustainability ethos, HOWE is in the process of earning EU Ecolabel certification for our 40/4 and SixE chairs as well as our Tempest table. By diligently pursuing the EU Ecolabel, we pave the way for a greener future one piece of furniture at a time.