The “Greenest” Sauna You Can Buy
Sauna companies make many false claims – look for third-party evidence that confirms what they say.
We use only FSC-certified (and PEFC certified) hypoallergenic poplar wood -- no other kind of wood is present in our saunas. Also, we only use solid poplar wood -- never any veneers, plywood or fiberboard.
Without FSC-certification, you might be supporting:
1) According to Greenpeace, “Forest destruction produces about one fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions - more than all the cars, planes, and trains in the world.”
High Tech Health International’s FSC ID Code is FSC-US-0170.
You can find our company name on the list of resellers at the FSC website.
Electronics / Heaters
Our electronics are third-party certified to meet Europe’s RoHS requirement (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) by the European testing organization TUV SUD, who also ensures our sauna meets Europe’s strict safety requirements.
The RoHS requirement restricts the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and brominated fire retardants. Lead and fire retardants are very common in electronics. Lead can cause a range of health problems including behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and seizures. Brominated fire retardants persist in the environment, accumulate in living organisms and cause liver toxicity, thyroid toxicity, and neurodevelopmental toxicity.
Greenshipping developed highly advanced models to calculate the greenhouse gases produced during the transportation of the product and then provides high quality carbon-offsets to effectively reverse the effect. But not all carbon-offsets are created equal -- some have unverifiable claims attached to them. The best carbon offsets, such as those used by Greenshipping which are provided by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) do not have this problem and better than that, they fund the construction of NEW renewable energy projects which will displace polluting fossil-fuel sources .
Our wood glue is non-toxic, non-outgassing, water-based, and solvent free.
It's actually not a big deal to find and use simple, extremely safe, wood glue, though we cannot say for sure that all companies do. Wood glue is not the same as other glues so it’s a mystery to us why some sauna companies say you should be terrified of it. We suspect it’s because their small operations couldn’t afford the large presses necessary to use glue.