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100 Words or Less: Which environmental certification programs involve printers, and what type of printing operation is best suited to participate?

May 1, 2008 12:00 AM

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“There are 46 forest certification programs, but only three are widely used by printers — Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). To use any of these trademarks, a printer must obtain a ‘Chain of Custody’ certification guaranteeing its products are traceable to their origin and managed sustainably. To obtain it, printers must establish a documented paper management plan, and a tracking and training system audited by an independent third party. Any type of printer can apply for certification, and it is a great way to show their commitment to the environment.”
Denis Beaudin, strategic business development director, Transcontinental Book Group