Why you should work with an FSC® Certified Printer

Why you should work with an FSC® Certified Printer

What is FSC®?

The Forest Stewardship Council® was created in 1994 to halt deforestation and safeguard our forests. The Forest Stewardship Council sets specific standards for forested products — including paper and wood — to promote good forest management. 

Why Should My Business Use FSC®-Certified Paper?

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There are several benefits to using FSC-certified products and working with a printing company that is FSC certified. According to the FSC, research has found that utilizing these products has the potential to enhance your public image and connect with consumers. 50% of the UK public recognise the FSC logo (GfK 2014) and 72% are very or fairly likely to give preference to FSC certified products (YouGov 2015).

By using FSC® paper you can be confident that the paper used is from well managed forests and has an audited trail straight from the source to delivery.

FSC® paper comes from responsibly-managed plantations

An FSC® certification ensures that landowners use responsible forestry practices. This confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves the natural ecosystem and benefits the lives of local people and workers, all while ensuring it remains economically viable.

How do I know if my product is FSC® Certified?

Products that are made from wood or paper from FSC® forests can be marked with the FSC® logo. When buying an FSC® certified product it has gone through the Chain-of-Custody system, where the timber or paper used has been tracked at every stage throughout the supply chain until the end. Purchasing a product with the FSC® logo means that your product has come from an FSC® certified forest and/or controlled sources or from FSC® certified recycled material.

There are three types of FSC® label to look out for: FSC 100%, FSC Mix or FSC Recycled.

FSC 100%

This label means that the wood within the paper is sourced from FSC® Certified forests. These types of forests are independently audited to meet the FSC’s® principles and criteria and managed with the people, wildlife and environment taken into consideration.


This label means that the wood within the paper has FSC® Certified material, recycled material or controlled sources. The latter being risk assessed to ensure no illegal logging, genetically modified trees or violations of civil or traditional rights are taking place.

FSC Recycled

FSC Recycled means that any wood in the paper comes from reused material pre or post-consumer. Pre-consumer materials are items that are unfit for end users such as damaged stock, offcuts and sawdust. Post-consumer materials are recycled materials that have been used for consumer or commercial use.

Contact us now!

Azure Communications can help you to produce FSC® certified printed material. Call us at (0)1 531 2695 or email sales@azurecomm.ie