Everyone knows being FSC-certified is a good thing, but do you know what it actually means?

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a global not-for-profit organization that sets the standards for responsibly managed forests. This encompasses complying with federal and international laws and agreements relating to the rights of indigenous peoples, the social and economic well-being of workers and local communities as well as the effect on the forest ecosystem.

If all FSC standards are met a forest receives FSC certification, as do the wood harvested from it and the paper made from that wood. Likewise, the forest owners and managers receive Forest Management Certification and the companies that sell or manufacture forest products (like printers) earn Chain of Custody Certification, confirming that FSC-certified products are handled appropriately through the entire supply chain.

FSC-certified printers are meticulously trained in FSC processes and audited annually to ensure compliance. What do they get for their trouble? They get to use the FSC logo on printed products.

Before you say, “Big deal,” consider this.

Our forests are a precious and finite resource and their continued well-being is vital. Choosing FSC-certified paper and printers sends a strong message that you care about the impact you’re making on our world. It’s just doing your tiny part, but if we all did it, imagine what an impact we’d make.

If you’d like to find an FSC-certified printer, or see if your printer is certified, check out the FSC’s database here. Or save yourself the trouble and get in touch with the experts at Curtis 1000. We’re FSC-certified and we offer soy inks and recycled papers to help “uncomplicate” your green initiatives even more. Call us at 877.287.8715 or fill out the “How Can We Help You?” form on our website today!