With the UK having recently been in full festivity with the jubilee, you’ve probably seen the little green tree tick on the bottom of the cake box or celebratory snacks! Maybe you've wondered what ‘FSC’ certified means, or if you’re really clued in you may already have heard about the FSC and how important it is🤓
We'd like to talk more about FSC, about what it is and what it does…
What is 'FSC'?
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international NGO designed to protect and promote the responsible management of our world’s forests🌲 The FSC is widely recognised and has become the world’s most recognisable forest certification systems. In fact, you’ve probably seen its handywork recently and may have not even realised it!
Why should we bother?
Buying FSC certified products guarantees that the product (or packaging) meets the highest environmental and social standards. Forests around the world are inspected and marked against precise condition✅ These are known as the 10 Principles of Forest Stewardship and can be found here. As you can see, there’s more to it than just trees (though they are important!). If your products come from an FSC certified forest, you know they have been vetted and considered against environmental, social and economic benefits to make sure that everyone is getting a fair deal, and that our planet will still be preserved for future generations🌎
How does it help?
With so many packaging products made of paper, it is vital to make sure that our forests are not damaged when making up so much paper packaging💙 The future of our planet is the most critical thing for us, and so in an effort to combat climate change the FSC helps consumers know that their purchased products have helped eliminate and reduce deforestation, forest degradation and illegal logging.
Who does it help?
The FSC is valued so highly because of the way it ensures preservation of biological diversity and is committed to the lives of the local people and workers. Because of that, it helps everyone! For a company to have their FSC certificate (Seep does!) it shows the integrity and transparency of their supply chain⛓ A customer can rest easy knowing that the chain of custody verifies FSC certified material comes from the right sources and is only treated and used by others that also uphold the FSC’s rigorous requirements.
Let us know what you think about FSC. Had you heard about the FSC before? Do you purposefully choose products with sustainable and traceable origins?