Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has a global forest certification system to provide a guarantee that forest products come from responsibly managed sources. Forests are inspected and certified against strict standards based on FSC’s 10 Principles of Forest Stewardship. These inspections are undertaken by independent organisations, such as the Soil Association, that are accredited by the FSC. In order to be given FSC certification a forest must be managed in an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable manner. This is what makes the FSC system unique and ensures that a forest is well-managed from the protection of indigenous people’s rights to the methods of felling trees. Forests that meet these strict standards are given FSC certification and the timber allowed to carry the FSC label.
- FSC 100% - Indicates paper pulp is made of 100% virgin material from FSC-certified forests. - FSC RECYCLED - Indicates paper pulp is made of 100% recycled fiber. - FSC MIX - Indicates paper pulp is made from a mix of FSC-certified sources, recycled pulp, and wood from controlled forests. - FSC Chain of Custody - Certifies that a company correctly maintains the chain of custody of FSC materials through the supply chain.