FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council. They're a global, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting responsible forest management. Currently, over 200 million hectares of forest are certified to FSC standards and their logo is found on millions of products worldwide. To learn more, visit www.fsc.org
The FSC inspects and certifies forests using guidelines that cover everything from the wellbeing of workers to ecosystem conservation. It's this holistic approach that makes the FSC system unique. A forest has to meet all the guidelines to be certified, and only then can material from that forest carry the FSC label.
There are a few reasons. The FSC's certification is the most widely used of its kind. It's recognised globally and is the only forest certification endorsed by major environmental charities. All of their forests meet the same standards and are independently audited.
So when you choose FSC certified packaging, you can be confident that your packaging is more sustainable and that you’re supporting responsible management of the world’s forests. Consumers expect environmental initiatives like these from businesses today.
If you add an FSC label to your product, our artwork team will then proof your design to ensure it complies with FSC guidelines. We charge a flat fee of £50 for this service as it is an extra step during the review process.
FSC labels indicate a product is FSC certified. If you want more reassurance, though, every FSC label has a code to confirm it's genuinely FSC certified. You can use that number to search the FSC's database and access information about the product. Or you can use a certified suppliers' unique number to check if their certification is authentic and valid. Ours is FSC-C167813.
There are three FSC labels: FSC 100%, FSC Mix and FSC Recycled. Here's what they mean:
It guarantees that the forest-based materials in a product come from sustainably managed forests.
Because we're an FSC certified supplier, you can add FSC labels on any certified product when configuring your product. We’ll also provide all the assets and guidelines you need.
The artwork guidelines for your product will include the correct FSC label in portrait and landscape format. Whilst the content of the label will be fixed, you can alter the size and colours of the label, as long as they follow the FSC’s rules outlined in the artwork guidelines.
A product labelled FSC 100% is made from different materials than a product labelled FSC Mix. As such, you can’t freely choose between labels.
Green, black and white are FSC standard colours, with green (Pantone 626C) being their preferred colour. If your design includes any of these colours, or you've chosen full colour printing, you should print the FSC label in one of them.
If standard colours are not available for the print area, you can use another colour as long as it provides a legible contrast to the background. You can also print the label in positive or negative, or as transparent.
Here are the three FSC labels: