There are many standards to certify that paper originates from a responsible source but the two main certifications are FSC ® and PEFC.
Both of these have their own logo and unique numbers per company but what are they?
Forest Stewardship Council® ( FSC ®)
FSC® is an international organisation founded in 1993.
It sets international standards for responsible forest management and accredits independent third party organisations who can certify forest managers and forest product producers to FSC® standards
Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
PEFC shares many of its aims with FSC®, in that it promotes sustainably managed forests. It was founded in 1999, and is a voluntary initiative coming from the private sector and provides assurances to purchasers of wood and paper that they are promoting sustainable management of forests.
Using papers that conform to these standards provides evidence that the paper or wood originates from certified, well managed forests, and confirms that these products are not mixed with materials from uncertified forests at any point in the supply chain.
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