We are experiencing an increasing demand for “greener” print, so for those of you that are considering moving into this area, here is a mini guide.
The Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) was set up in 1993 and is an independent body, to certify that forests are well managed, sustainable and being constantly renewed. The FSC is supported by environmental groups such as Greenpeace. Over the past 13 years, over 90 million hectares in more than 70 countries have been certified according to FSC standards while several thousand products are produced using FSC-certified wood and carrying the FSC trademark. FSC operates through its network of National Initiatives in 45 countries.
More detailed information can be found on the FSC website.
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) was established in 1999 as an independent non-profit making organisation. It has the same objectives as the FSC but it’s main advantage is that there is twice as much certified product available under this scheme.
More detailed information can be found at the PEFC website.
The main purpose of both organisation’s certification is to maintain a “chain of custody” from the forest to the end user to ensure that the product is distinctive from non-certified products.