Kosdown Printing has held Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certification since 2007.
The FSC works to improve forest management worldwide and, through certification, creates an incentive for forest owners and managers to follow best social and environmental practices.
Using an FSC-certified paper is a great way to reduce your environmental impact.
Look for the FSC® mark on products to help ensure a better world for us all.
Many printers will tell you, often in good faith, that their supplies are from ‘sustainable’ or ‘managed’ sources.
Our forests are under threat and those who buy a range of materials – including paper and other forest products – could be rewarding damaging and destructive practices.
Many printers will tell you, often in good faith, that their supplies are from ‘sustainable’ or ‘managed’ sources. Without an independent certification system, there is often no way of verifying this, or of demonstrating that we have met your expectations.
Kosdown Printing will generally offer you an FSC-certified product (depending on your stock preference). Although more and more FSC-certified products are available all the time, there are still gaps in the market. If we can’t find an FSC stock for your job, we’ll talk to you about other available environmentally-friendly options for your print job.
HOW DOES THE FSC WORK?
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is a voluntary, worldwide certification program which was formed in 1993 by a group of environmentalists, indigenous groups, human rights organisations and timber users and traders.
FSC-certified forests must be managed to the highest environmental, social and economic standards.
The certification system has two key components – Forest Management and Chain of Custody – and is carried out by independent organisations called certification bodies, which assess forest managers and forest-product companies against FSC standards.
FSC-certified forests must be managed to the highest environmental, social and economic standards, with due respect paid to the local ecosystem, wildlife and the people who live and work in them. Trees that are harvested must be replanted or allowed to regenerate naturally. Protection of indigenous people’s rights and methods of felling trees are also vitally important aspects of the process.
FSC is the only forest-certification scheme endorsed by WWF, Greenpeace and Planet Ark.
An FSC label on a wood-based product, such as paper or cardboard, is your assurance that it is made from, or contains, wood that comes from FSC-certified forests or from post-consumer waste (i.e. from recycled goods).
- FSC 100%: All the timber or fibre in the product comes from an FSC-certified forest.
- FSC Mix: The timber or fibre in the products is a mixture of timber/fibre from an FSC-certified forest, or is reclaimed timber/fibre, or is timber/fibre from other controlled sources.
- FSC Recycled: All the timber/fibre in the product is reclaimed material.
For more information, go to www.fsc.org
DON’T BE FOOLED!
Greenpeace considers other schemes such as PEFC (The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) and MTCS (Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme) as fake forest certification labels and systems. These schemes are controlled by and for the forestry industry, and their loose rules do not provide any assurance in the ability of these schemes to halt natural forest conversion, biodiversity loss and the violation of indigenous peoples’ rights.