Environmentally Friendly Printing via the FSC
The FSC was established as an international, non-governmental organisation to help end irresponsible foresting practices. The FSC want to promote sustainable forest management so that we can continue to enjoy many forest-sourced products without causing irreparable harm to the forest’s ecosystem. Working with the FSC helps to create Environmentally Friendly Printing.
The FSC assess how each forest is managed to see if it qualifies for their sign of approval. If a forest meets the criteria, it can be officially FSC certified and all products sourced from that forest can be marked with the FSC logo.
The FSC process tracks all timber products through their supply chain. So, if you buy anything with the FSC logo on, you can be sure the entire process has been managed sustainably.
How to be FSC Certified?
To get the official sign off, a forest has to undertake a very strict inspection. The FSC is stricter than other forest stewardships and is the only one endorsed by major environment charities like WWF, Greenpeace, and the Woodland Trust.
To become FSC certified, a forest must be proven to be managed in a way that is…
Environmentally Appropriate – timber harvesting should maintain the forest’s biodiversity and ecological processes.
The forest management should provide strong incentives to both the local and global community so they can enjoy long-term benefits of responsible management.
Forest operations should still be profitable without the expense of the forest’s ecosystem and affected communities.
The FSC Logo
Next time you go looking for the FSC logo on your favourite timber-based product, check to see exactly what it means.
FSC Recycled – all of the timber-based material in this product has come from re-used material.
FSC Mix – all of the timber-based material in this product is either from FSC-certified forests, recycle sources, or controlled wood*.
*Controlled wood is not FSC-certified but follows a number of sustainable practices. See here for more details on this.
Environmentally Friendly Printers – Printing Wales and FSC
Most of our printing products are FSC-certified This means that we can fully track any FSC products coming into our production facility and know which products leaving us are made from those materials. Please click here to browse our printing products