A MORE SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO DESIGN
At Carl Hansen & Søn, we believe that one of the best strategies for sustainable living is to make and buy things that endure. We use our craftsmanship expertise and the finest materials to create pieces that last a lifetime. Our hope is that they will not only be enjoyed by their owner but they will be passed down and cherished by future generations, too.
The heart and soul of the business is the factory in Gelsted, on the Danish island of Funen. Inside the Carl Hansen & Søn production facility, you can witness craftsmen and women using age-old techniques alongside machines that utilize the most advanced available technology. While our new machines add valuable precision to the process, our production remains heavily centered around traditional methods, with skilled carpenters assembling and polishing each piece by hand. We currently use nearly every bit of wood we source – and the remaining scraps are repurposed as fuel in a district heating plant that provides warmth to more than 400 local homes in Gelsted, Denmark.
Following the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, we have set a number of ambitious targets. By 2025, we have vowed to use only environmentally certified wood, which would see the manufacture of 350 of our designs in FSC™-certified wood.
In addition, all our furniture textiles will be environmentally certified, our leather supplied by fully transparent and sustainable tanneries and our packaging 100% sustainable.
Our commitment extends to education, with an apprenticeship program that trains 30 talented young people on in-house repair and refurbishment services. This ensures that even the most well-loved furniture can be restored and made ready for many more years of enjoyment. We also help to support the lifespan of our pieces with detailed maintenance guides that o er advice on general care and treatment. Ultimately, we are striving to leave nothing behind. Nothing, that is, but our beautiful furniture and the rich legacy that created it.
On a journey towards environmentally certified wood
Alongside working with some of the most innovative designers and high-quality materials, Carl Hansen & Søn has a long-standing commitment to driving sustainable development.
Since 1908, countless apprentices have started their careers in the Carl Hansen & Søn workshop, learning from experienced master carpenters and joiners. Today, the role of apprentices continues to be an essential part of preserving traditional craftsmanship.
Challenging how we use our resources has sparked creative ideas which have allowed us to become more sustainable in our production while passing on a sustainable legacy of craftmanship – one iconic piece at a time.
By 2025, we plan to present climate footprint measures on our entire product assortment. Explore the comparative emission of a CH24 Wishbone Chair in oak soap and natural paper cord.