More than 25 years ago, the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio failed to produce an agreement to stop deforestation. In response, a committed group of businesses, environmentalists and community leaders banded together to create a revolutionary concept: a voluntary, market-based approach that would improve forestry practices worldwide.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is a global, not for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. FSC defines standards based on agreed principles for consistent forest stewardships, which are supported by environmental, social and economic stakeholders.
Products which bear the “FSC® Recycled 100%” designation have been verified as being made from 100% recycled content (either post-consumer or pre-consumer reclaimed materials). The use of FSC Recycled products can help to alleviate the pressure of demand on sources of virgin material, thereby helping to protect the world’s forests.
Choosing products with the FSC designation ensures that both customers and organizations are doing their part to preserve forests across the globe.
Corporate social responsibility and sustainability are more than just buzzwords. Consumers expect businesses to be part of the solution when it comes to environmental and social issues.
FSC labels can be found on millions of products around the world – from toilet rolls to your favorite book, to that milk carton in your fridge and other food products. To achieve their mission and vision, FSC has developed a set of ten principles and 70 criteria that apply to FSC certified forests around the world.
All of HC’s fiber products (including growing containers and protective packaging) have been certified as “FSC® Recycled 100%”.
“For over 30 years, HC’s been providing fiber-based solutions to the North American market – helping organizations and communities positively impact their environmental footprint,” says Bob Mayer, President and CEO of The HC Companies. “We are honored that our fiber-based solutions now carry this prestigious designation as we continue to innovate our product line to satisfy the environmental demands of growers, garden centers, big-box stores and of course consumers.”
Any company that wants to add the FSC label to any of the products it makes must first receive chain of custody certification.
This certification proves the company is sourcing materials from recycled and/or controlled sources and is following FSC-defined best practices throughout the production process and supply chain. But it does not mean that all products they produce are comprised of these materials.
Only products that use FSC-certified materials can carry the FSC on-product label. You still need to look for the FSC label on individual products to find out which are FSC-certified and which are not.