What is FSC Certified Material?

Choosing the appropriate material for any printing job is vital. Not only can material be a costly expenditure, especially when incorrectly selected, but also, the quality of a final printed product directly reflects the quality of material used. Due to material options being seemingly limitless, selecting the correct type can be a tricky and confusing process. Our team of experienced and trusted professionals help lessen your burden and will make your decision seem much less daunting. As users of FSC certified materials, one of the most common questions asked by clients is, “What does FSC ® Certified mean?”

The Forest Stewardship Council ™ (FSC), based in Germany, is an international organization focused on developing global Forest Management and Chain-of-Custody standards in forestry. They also accredit independent certification bodies who implement FSC certification evaluations, and issue FSC certificates to companies in compliance with the stringent standards they have set. The goal of the FSC is to promote sustainable ecosystems in any forest where logging is prevalent and to enhance the long term social and economic standing of the local communities, at the same time.


To achieve their goal of promoting sustainable forests and ecosystems in logging areas, the FSC monitors such operations in order to make sure whatever is cut down, is being replanted. In order for a forest to obtain FSC certification, the company responsible for logging operations must prove they meet ALL Chain-of-Custody and Forest Management standards set forth by the FSC. Only once all of the necessary documentation is collected, reviewed and approved, will a forest be rewarded an FSC certification.

The reason FSC paper has become popular recently is because of the burdening of green practices. Purchasing FSC certified paper guarantees you, the consumer, that whichever forest in which the trees used to make the paper you bought, were harvested with the utmost care. By replanting areas depleted by previous logging, the FSC is ensuring that the proper steps have been taken to guarantee the forests’ ecosystem continues to thrive. The trend in the industry shows FSC certified paper is preferred amongst companies with heavy printing loads, because it shows that despite the large quantity of paper used, they are still both, environmentally and socially conscious

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5 Reasons Your Company Should Use A Green Printer

Green printing is often overlooked by companies as a necessary element in going green. Sometimes this is due to the misconception that once a company has chosen to print on recycled paper, there is nothing else to be done to keep collaterally green. However, it is now becoming industry standard for paper to have at least a partially recycled content, and even if your company has printed recycled stationary, envelopes or business cards, it really does not end there.

1. Being eco-friendly

Printers can use inks or processes which make the use of recycled paper have almost zero ecological value. Some of the things that can make your recycled printing not green are coatings and film laminations which are at the top of the list, including using petroleum and solvent based inks. Why use recycled media if it is just going to be slathered with oil?

2. Be responsible

The benefits of using a green printer go beyond making a standing commitment to being green and leaving a smaller carbon footprint behind. Of course going green makes your company become more responsible and feel better about it’s choices, but often times “feeling good” comes at a price. Not with Green Printing. Water based inks and UV curable ink is comparable in price and sometimes a little less expensive than regular products which are more vendible.

3. The local environmental

Printing using water-based and UV curable inks means prints come out odourless and dry, so no nasty smells in your area, and no special ventilation required. Prints can be used straight away, and have a long life span without the need for laminating – lowering both material and transportation (weight) costs.

4. The wider community

Additionally, using a printer more concerned with their carbon foot print comes with the benefit of having a printer who is more involved with the process and who cares deeply about their product and environment. Green Printers who are Forest Stewardship Council ™ certified have taken the extra step to adhere to a chain of custody from forest to print. This proves that the fibre in the printable media comes from well-managed forests and other controlled sources. The FSC balances environmental, economic and social aspects of forestry. FSC is supported by many of the world’s leading campaigning organisations. 

5. Establish good PR

Choosing a green printer shows consumers your company is corporately responsible – not only for commercial value. Showing your commitment to the environment is a highly rewarding way to connecting with the local and wider community.