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    FSC Certifcation

    Adam Heath - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    Meridian offers FSC certificated packaging

    Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a certification scheme for the ethical, legal, and sustainable supply of wood-based products. It was born out of a desire to create a system which could credibly identify well-managed forests as the sources of responsibly produced wood products. This was because in the 1990s concerns arose about de-forestation and there was no robust means by which those operating an ethical and sustainable supply chain could demonstrate this – and help to shine a light on those who were not.

    By displaying the FSC logo on your packaging, you’re underlining that the trees used to produce that packaging have been replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally and that protected areas of forest have been maintained to protect rare wildlife and plants. FSC protects the rights of indigenous people to use the forest. If they have sacred sites in the forest these are exempt from felling. From an ethical point of view the forest owner must also use local workers to run the forest, and provide training, safety equipment and a decent salary and is duty bound to support the community in other ways, such as through the development of schools.

    The FSC forest management and chain-of-custody systems are endorsed by the WWF, Greenpeace and The Woodland Trust.

    All the wood is tracked from the forest to the store. Every link between the forest and the consumer is certified to make it clearly identifiable which wood is FSC certified and which is not.

    So what this means is we would add the FSC logo to your packaging, allowing consumers to verify that the certificate held is valid and the packaging has been produced using FSC certificated raw material.

    The scheme is designed to give you the absolute confidence to know that the materials used to produce your packaging are ethically, legally and sustainably sourced and have been supported by a credible and robust system of checks and balances to underline this confidence.

    Further information can be found at:

    https://ic.fsc.org/fact-sheets.344.htm

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