The FSC: not some bearded men in a forest looking for an amulet

 

People often ask us ..

Erm, ok, sometimes people ask us.

Ok, someone once asked us and they might have been making polite conversation. FINE. It’s still a valid question.

So. Someone once asked us:

What exactly is that FSC logo on the MINTpack? What does it mean? Can I trust it?

I am very glad you asked me that, theoretical person who may not exist. Let us break your question down into its constituent parts.

What is the FSC?

FSC stands for Forestry Stewardship Council. Now, when I hear Forestry Stewardship Council, this is what comes to mind:

Some bearded types in a forest somewhere doing something a bit .. mystical.

The reality is slightly different. The Forestry Stewardship Council do not have long beards or wear robes or run around looking for mystical amulets, or that kind of thing. The head of the FSC looks like this:

(Andre Giacini de Freitas, Director General of the FSC)

And not like this:

(Gandalf)

The Forestry Stewardship Council is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation that promotes responsible, sustainable forestry practices. It was established in 1993 to address growing concerns at global deforestation and today it has representation in over 50 countries worldwide. It has established a system of certification of paper and card products to allow consumers to distinguish which ones are produced in a sustainable, responsible manner.

What does the FSC logo on my MINTpack mean? 

It means that the card used to manufacture MINTpack comes from responsible sources and is produced in accordance with the highest standards of social and environmental best practice. Basically, this means that the timber used is only from sustainable, renewable sources. It also means that production has involved no displacement or harm to indigenous wildlife and peoples. You can read more about the the FSC Ten Principles here.

Can I trust it? 

Absolutely.

In order to get the FSC logo, the card used for MINTpack has to go through an independently audited, rigorous five step certification programme and there is careful monitoring of the whole chain of custody from tree to finished product to ensure those principles are upheld. Once a product obtains an FSC certificate it is valid for five years, but during those five years the certification body will perform regularly audits to ensure standards are upheld.

The FSC is extremely careful to maintain the integrity of its certification process and has a very high level of credibility with environmental groups and campaigners.

So there you go. When we tell you your MINTpack is green, it’s really, really green.

MINTpack: FSC certified (not by hobbits).

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