What does FSC stand for?

Have you noticed a small tree symbol with the initials FSC under it on some of your mail lately? It is also on the back of Halton Region’s Waste Management Guide and Collection Calendar.

Stack of papers

FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council. This is an organization that started in the 1990s to improve how the world’s forests are managed. FSC standards have been developed to protect the forests’ biodiversity and ecological processes.  This means that if you are looking at an FSC certified product you know that the soil and wildlife habitat has been protected, local communities were consulted and aboriginal rights were respected. An FSC certification also considers that forestry operations be cost effective while not compromising the environmental health of the forest.

Both environmentalists and forest companies have come together through FSC. Believe it or not, they have agreed on methods to ensure forests will be around for future generations to enjoy.

The FSC symbol on paper means that the printer has met all the standards developed by FSC. This guarantees that their paper products come from well managed forests. Documentation follows each tree from the forest through the manufacturing process to the end product.

FSC makes it easier for manufacturers and consumers to make choices on where their wood material is coming from and how it was harvested. You can have an impact by buying products that have the FSC logo and also ask your local retailers for products that have the FSC logo such as your grocery store, office supply store or local home renovation depot. Be sure to look for this symbol:

Want to learn more?  Watch FSC’s eight-minute video.

What other environmental logos do you see on products or packaging that influence your shopping decisions?

About Shirley McLean

I am the Supervisor of Solid Waste Planning at Halton Region. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph. My career focus is to work on programs and policies that lessen the environmental impact of waste on our earth.
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