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Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
label guidelines for paper
You can print the FSC label directly onto your project to promote the environmental qualities of the paper. The FSC Chain of Custody must be maintained for you to print the FSC label, the initials "FSC," or the phrase "Forest Stewardship Council." Only when an FSC-certified party buys paper and envelopes manufactured by an FSC-certified supplier, buys from an FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) distributor and uses an FSC-certified printer may you print the valuable FSC label.
The Paper Mill Store is FSC CoC certified and several of our suppliers manufacture FSC-certified paper, including CTI Paper USA, Finch Paper, Mohawk Fine Paper, Monadnock Paper Mills, Neenah Paper, Smart Papers and Wausau Paper. In addition, we have a wide selection of FSC envelopes.
What is FSC?
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international network existing to promote responsible management of the world's forests. The FSC label identifies products which contain wood from well-managed forests certified in accordance with the rules of the FSC, which ensure that people, wildlife and the environment benefit from the forestry practices. FSC certification is globally recognized as being the most credible and strongest system for ensuring well-managed forests.
Why use the FSC label?
Printing on FSC-certified papers and envelopes is an effective way to demonstrate your, or your client's, commitment to sustainability. As customers and shareholders become increasingly concerned about where and how products are made, they are demanding that companies use products that come from sustainable and responsible sources. Printing on FSC-certified papers and envelopes saves forests, protects wildlife habitats, keeps water clean and protects the rights of local communities and aboriginal peoples worldwide.
How to use the FSC label:
To use the FSC label on a printed piece, your substrate must be tracked through the FSC chain of custody. This means the forest, paper producer, paper distributor, printer and purchaser (if other than printer) must all be FSC certified. When you buy FSC certified paper or envelopes from The Paper Mill Store, you can be assured the chain of custody has been maintained up until, and through, distribution.
The FSC-certified printer will provide the FSC label artwork, customized with the printer's FSC Certification code and any necessary recycled content percentage. The printer is responsible for getting approval on the label usage. Below are some samples of the labels your printer can use.
FSC labels are available in portrait and landscape as:
- Full color positive (PMS 378 and CMYK versions available)
- Black and white positive
- Full color negative (PMS 378 and CMYK versions available)
- Black and white negative
- Exceptional size circumstances
Note: Your FSC certified printer can provide you with complete FSC labeling guidelines, including size and clear space requirements, guidelines for inserting Certification codes and recycled content percentage and infringements to avoid.
Samples of FSC Labels:
Examples of FSC labeling on printed pieces:
McDonald’s Corporate Responsibility Report
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