Founded in 2009, Helinox built its brand on a philosophy of portability and versatility. From the safety of home to the rugged outdoors, Helinox focuses on making comfortable furniture that adapts to its users’ surroundings. Through premium materials and expert handiwork, it has successfully created a unique product, as evident by brand collaborations with BAPE, Filson, and BTS.
Using a signature high-strength, lightweight alloy tubing and hand-picked fabrics, Helinox chairs are both functional and fashionable. As for the joints, they are custom molded in-house from high strength nylon. These design elements have won the brand a number of awards, such as the Red Dot Designs and ISPO, and with its customer first approach, it even offers a five-year warranty for all manufacturing defects.
Most recently, the furniture company has paired up with Finisterre, a sustainable outdoors brand, to create a lawn chair that is made from 100% recycled fabric and an aluminum frame using a green anodization technology. Sourced by Finisterre, the 200 denier recycled nylon is water-repellent; however, durable water repellent (DWR) treatments can be problematic, as they often incorporate toxic PFASs. For more information, please refer to our recent article on Polartec’s elimination of PFAS chemicals from its DWR fabrics.
Thankfully, Finisterre has reportedly switched from PFAS-based blends to less harmful C6 per fluorinated chemicals in 2010, and completely removed any fluorocarbons in 2018. Finisterre released a statement that both of its current DWRs naturally break down in the environment, which is heartening news.
As for the frame of this collaborative chair, the process of anodizing the poles is optimized to exclude nitric and phosphoric acid. The method, pioneered by DAC, manages to combine the protective coating of anodization without any of the harmful side effects that can leach into water supply. The facilities themselves also have built water recycling systems to reduce any consumption that takes place in the process.
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