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FSC Certified or Recycled Paper

Not sure whether to use FSC certified or recycled paper stocks? Here are a few facts about FSC and Recycled paper stocks to help you choose.

FSC Paper FSC Paper

  • FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council.
  • FSC started in 1994. It is the minimum standard for paper manufacturing and will provide certification to those that comply.
  • FSC creates the need to re-invest in forests.
  • Trees used are either replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally.
  • By using FSC certified paper stock, you are not only supporting environmentally sustainable plantations, but also helping develop socially ethical business practices in their locations.
  • FSC helps take care of forests and the people and wildlife that call them home.
  • FSC enables you to buy forest products of all kinds with the confidence that you are not contributing to global forest destruction.
  • FSC is recognised by WWF as the ‘hallmark’ of responsible forest management.
  • 55% of people in the UK recognise the FSC Logo.
  • Paper made from virgin fibres are no less environmentally friendly than paper made from recycled fibres – as long as you choose wisely.

Recycled Paper 100% Recycled Paper

  • Recycled paper has long been the choice of paper for eco friendly businesses.
  • Recycled paper can be up to 25% more expensive than virgin stocks.
  • Recycled paper also comes in a variety of content ratings usually between 50% - 100% recycled content.
  • Trees are saved – As no trees are felled, responsible sourcing is no concern.
  • Landfill space is conserved – It is only the by-products of recycling which will end up in recycling, meaning space is saved.
  • Less pollution – One tonne of virgin paper is estimated to use 253 gallons of petrol. Recycling cuts down on this figure.
  • Eco friendly recognition – Recycled paper is universally recognised as being environmentally friendly.
  • Recycling paper is important, and so is buying recycled paper. However, paper fibre can only be recycled five to seven times before it breaks down too much to be reused.

FSC paper and recycled paper are both environmentally responsible options when choosing paper products.