PAPER:THE FACTS NO. 3
The third in a series of posts busting the myths about paper!
The print and paper industry is a major supporter of forest certification.
Across the industry, it is recognised that healthy forests are essential for the production of paper and paper-based products. This is why forest certification schemes are ingrained in the way the industry works, to ensure the raw material of wood fibre is sourced from sustainable forests.
In Europe, the two most recognised certification schemes are the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™).
Both the FSC® and PEFC™ schemes have similar objectives: the certification of forests to credible, independently verified standards of responsible forest management, conserving the natural habitats of plants and animals, and respecting the rights of forestry workers and local communities. Both PEFC™ and FSC® operate robust chain of custody schemes that track wood and wood fibre through every step of the supply chain, from the forest to the end-user.
74% of wood and 90% of pulp purchased by the European pulp and paper industry is FSC or PEFC certified.
Which papers are certified to FSC® or PEFC™ standards?