Can You Tell The Difference Between FSC Labels?


Let’s get to the root of the matter shall we…

FSC’s Director General, Kim Carstensen explains why using wwholly FSC- certified materials is simply not possible all of the time. A symbol that holds so much weight in the way we plan and design our future. It’s a logo that appears upon product labels to demonstrate the product is sourced from responsibly managed forests.

While we and our members readily understand these labels and their differences, we recognise that the everyday consumer may not be familiar with the difference between our FSC 100% and FSC Mix labels. However, we ensure that behind our label, there is a product which was made with forest materials from certified or responsible sources.

We have three different types of labels: FSC 100%, where material is only sourced from FSC-certified forests; FSC Recycled, where products are made from 100% recycled materials; and FSC Mix, that has at least 70% of FSC-certified materials inside it, with the rest either recycled or controlled wood.

FSC 100% is, of course, the best you can get. But this isn’t to say that because a product uses an FSC Mix label, rather than FSC 100%, it shouldn’t be trusted. It is still a symbol of responsible forest management.

To ensure the consumer can actually get FSC-certified materials, we’ve had to find a middle ground. Simply because the supply of FSC material is, in a number of cases, not certain enough that whole supply chains will accept just relying on FSC-certified material. It is our controlled wood system that offers this compromise: so while we cannot 100% guarantee every time, what we can do is give a 70% guarantee of certification, and control the remaining 30%.

FSC Mix guarantees to you that most of the product is certified to the highest standards, and that the remainder of it does not contain any wood from activities that are against FSC’s principles of responsible forest management.

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