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Navigating ‘Green labels’

Green labels exist to support your end-users in understanding the eco-credentials of the products they buy and the impact they have on the environment. However, fully understanding their use and what they mean can be tricky – below is an overview to help.



FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council)

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 responsible forest stewardship that are supported by environmental, social, and economic stakeholders.


PEFC ™  (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification)

PEFC™ certification guarantees that the paper you are using is made from pulp produced exclusively from sustainably managed forests, in compliance with practices compatible with protection of forest resources and the economic and social welfare of the populations concerned.


PCF (Process Chlorine Free)

Paper made without the use of chlorine in the recycled bleaching process.



The European Ecolabel is a European certification managed by the European Commission with independent and impartial organisations responsible for implementing at national level. The EU Ecolabel guarantees a very low environmental impact in the manufacturing of paper through low air and water emissions, reduced consumption of electricity, improved waste recovery and preventive measures with regards to human health.