Greenland Wax is the impregnation that is used for all of Fjällräven’s G-1000 products. Since the 1960s, the wax has been made by the same family business in Fjällräven’s hometown, Örnsköldsvik. The recipe is secret, but the ingredients are simple: pure paraffin and high-quality beeswax. This makes Greenland Wax a more environmentally friendly alternative than chemical-based impregnation products.
In addition to the wax making garments wind and water resistant, it also increases durability and extends the life of the G-1000 fabric.
Paraffin is an oil-based product. It is not dangerous to use and does not irritate the skin – instead it has a softening effect and helps the skin maintain its moisture and elasticity. Paraffin is used in skin care products, cosmetics and physiotherapeutic treatment of, for example, arthritis. Beeswax is completely natural; it comes from bee farms and is a by-product of honey production.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Greenland Wax is a pure handicraft. The paraffin is melted in a large pot (it is actually the same pot that has been used since the 1960s). When the paraffin has reached the right temperature, blocks of beeswax are added and everything is mixed together. The mixture is then poured into forms and allowed to set, before being packed into cardboard boxes.
Today we make around 70,000 blocks of Greenland Wax every year. And each one of them has been cooked in the same pot.
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