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Material guides.

It is important for us to help our customers make informed decisions and we constantly work to increase customers knowledge. With this guide you can learn more about the different materials we use.

Choose the right material for your packaging.

Every year about 500,000 tons of paper packaging and about 200,000 tons of plastic packaging in Sweden are used. In addition, 59 863 tons of plastic packaging and 133 068 tons of paper packaging were recovered by 2015.

Your choice of packaging and how you use it has a major impact on you as a customer, but also on the end consumer and our society. Therefore, it's advisable to take a few minutes to think about what material to choose and how this choice affects you. Ask yourself three questions:

  • Should the product be used for food?
  • Is there an option that is better for the environment?
  • How should the waste be handled?

Our business idea is to offer a wide range of affordable, quality products and solutions that simplify the work day of all our customer. We will do this with commitment, customer focus and honesty.

For us, responsible consumption means that we take responsibility for the products that we sell. We assess our products from a lifecycle perspective and we strive to provide our customers with the best choices. We advocate products made from renewable materials and recycled materials and we are constantly working to expand and improve our product range.

It is important for us to help our customers make informed decisions and we constantly work to increase our customers knowledge.

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Renewable Materials.

Renewable Materials means products that are made from raw material that comes from plants, tree or other vegetation that can regenerate itself. Unlike fossil raw material, like oil used in plastic products, renewable material is a part of the existing bio-based carbon cycle and does not directly contribute to the greenhouse effect.

Examples of renewable materials are bamboo, bagasse (sugar cane fibers), paper (from trees) and PLA (from corn starch / sugar cane).

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There are several types of plastic materials that can be used to make packaging products and food containers. With regard to the use of plastic, there are some basic rules that you can use and the most important thing is never to use the packaging for anything other than what it is intended for.

In our range we have products made of PET, PS, PP, PVC etc. Each has different characteristics and in our guide you can read more about the different materials.

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Other materials.

Read more about our other materials, such as Aluminum. We will help you find out if the material can be used in the oven or microwave oven and if the material can be recycled, etc.

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The material in our clothes is made mainly of two types of fibers: natural fibers or artificial fibers. Natural fiber comes from the plant or animal kingdom, whereas artificial fibers, as the name suggests, are artificially produced.

Read more about our different materials in our textile guide.

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About ecolabelling.

In order for a product to be labeled Eco-labeled, a third party is required to assess the product based on environmental considerations. This third party sets out the requirements to be considered and then checks that this is followed. When this assessment is made, the manufacturer can use the label to show customers what products are preferable from an environmental perspective.

Below are the tags marked in Tingstad's product range.

Our Ecolabels

Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

The Nordic Swan Ecolabel purpose is to give consumers a clear and concise environmental product information, as well as promoting the development of products that are environmentally-sound.  Aspects that are reviewed are energy use in manufacturing, water consumption, the use of chemicals, as well as waste management. Companies apply for their product Swan labeled, then checked that the product complies with Swan's requirements through labs, certificates, documentation, and inspection visits.

EU Ecolabel.

EU Ecolabel works in the same way as the Nordic Swan label. The purpose is to promote products with reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle. The label is also intended as a guide to consumers in their product selection. The products must meet environmental, functional and quality requirements. Since Sweden has Nordic Swan label labeling, there are few products with EU Ecolabel, the supply of these goods is greater in other EU countries.

Bra miljöval (Good Environmental Choice).

Bra miljöval, or Good Environmental Choice, belong to the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and build on two basic ideas: that natural resources must be saved, and that biodiversity and human health should not be threatened. This means, among other things, that all toxic and biodegradable chemicals should be removed. In order for a product to be labeled with Good Environmental Choice, there are a number of requirements that companies have to live up to.

FSC – Forest Stewardship Council.

FSC will promote environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable use of the world's forests. They work with scrutiny and approval of forestry standards and develop standards for traceability certification. FSC certification is a voluntary agreement between landowners.

PEFC – Pan European Forest Certification.

The goal of PEFC is to develop sustainable private forestry, taking into account forest production, environmental and social interests. PEFC ensures that PEFC-certified forests are managed according to the requirements for sustainable forestry.

OEKO-TEX Standard 100.

OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile products. The material is tested so that there are no prohibited substances and substances in the textile. The more intensive contact between the skin and the product, the higher the requirements must be met. In order to be certified by the standard, all the components in the product must meet the requirements of the respective product classes.


Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) är en internationell märkning för kläder och textil som omfattar både sociala och miljömässiga krav.

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Fairtrade is not an ecolabel. It is a product labeling of mainly foodstuffs, aimed at improving working and living conditions for traders and employees in developing countries through fair trade. Criteria such as minimum wages, child labor, discrimination and democracy are covered by Fairtrade.

Fairtrade Cotton.

Faitrade Bomull är en produktmärkning som syftar till att förbättra arbetsförhållanden och villkor för odlare och anställda i utvecklingsländer genom rättvis handel.

Food Contact Material

gaffeloglas trio.jpgFood contact materials are materials and articles that are intended to be used in direct contact with food. Examples of food contact materials are food packaging products, cutlery, tableware etc. Articles and materials that are intended to be used in direct food contact must not transmit substances to the food that could endanger human health or impair the taste and smell of the food. This in order make sure that the food is safe for both you and your customers.

The Food safe symbol (known as the wine glass and a fork symbol) is the international symbol for food safe materials. The symbol may be printed on the product or carton, or the information can be found in on the website or the product declaration.



There are EU regulations and national legal requirements that applies for all Food Contact Materials. To ensure that our products meets these requirements, they are tested by third party companies such as Normpack, SGS et al.  In order for you as a customer to know that the product meets the requirement, we have documents that certify this. These documents are referred to as the "Declaration of Compliance" and describe the materials that the products containes of and the types of food products and materials that the product may be used with.

We at Tingstad require valid documentation from all of our suppliers for products intended for food contact. You can find our product declarations on our website or you can call our customer service to obtain our suppliers' "Declaration of Compliance".


18 eco-labels, 2360 products.

To take environmental responsibility is too many companies more important than ever. The products on the theme page "A more sustainable choice. ", either has an eco-label or meets established environmental requirements from a control organization. Currently there are 2360 products on the page from widely different product categories, and together they have 18 different types of eco-labels. We have the ambition to continuously expand our range.

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We care.

Our business supplies the Nordic market with over 100.000 different products. Therefore we have a great responsibility, are committed and we run several sustainability issues to influence our suppliers, our own business and our customers.

Our commitment does not end there. We are involved in a number of different projects with the goal of making the world a little better.

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We are Tingstad.

Our vision is to make your workday easier. Meet some of the industry's most passionate employees who are dedicated to our vision happen.



We are certified to ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental, and 9001: 2015 for Quality. Read more about what this means for our customers and about our environmental work.

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Our logistics

2014 we opened 32 ports to our new warehouse. Learn more about our logistics and see the film from our warehouse.

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