I am currently researching the many excellent organisations set up to safe guard different aspects of our world. From speaking to people in general about such organisations not many people are aware of the excellent work carried out, and more often than not ‘not-for-profit’. I have decided to do a blog on my favourite organisations starting with FSC – Forest Stewardship Council as I am embarking on the exciting road of getting my first book published and I want it to be as environmental as possible in the publishing process. The Soother Cycle is a book to aid the soother weaning process and encourage the recycling of the soother. I tend to stick with the area of teaching Environmental Responsibility to children and adults alike, so for me knowledge of such organisations is key as they are at the forefront of their cause.

Brief History:

First founded in California in 1990 by a group of timber users, traders and representatives of environmental and human rights organizations concerned about accelerating deforestation, environmental degradation and social exclusion. This diverse group highlighted the need for a system that could credibly identify well-managed forests as the sources of responsibly produced wood products. The concept of FSC and the name were coined at this meeting.

Types of Certification:

The FSC issues three different types of certificates: Forest Management, Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood. The different types of certificates relate to different stages of production and subsequent progress of forest products through the value chain. Verification against all FSC requirements ensures that materials and products with the FSC label are from responsibly managed forests.

Interested in buying FSC certified products:

By buying FSC certified products, you provide incentives for responsible forestry. Whether you are an individual or business, you can enjoy your purchases knowing it has not contributed to the destruction of the world’s forest or even come from companies involved in human rights abuses.

The FSC Trademark, if you see it please support it:

The FSC trademarks provide a guarantee to consumers that the products they buy come from responsible sources. The FSC trademarks enable consumers to choose products that support forest conservation, offer social benefits, and enable the market to provide an incentive for better forest management. The FSC trademarks are thus essential to the whole FSC system.