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Supporting Sustainability Within Our Sector

First Impression Labels is proud to only source our paper and timber-based products from Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited suppliers. This means that all these materials come from sustainable and responsibly managed sources, which comply with the highest environmental, social and economic standards.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting the world’s forests. They offer independent, third-party certification of the management practices of timber growers and processors to ensure they are environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically prosperous for all stakeholders. The FSC was created in 1993 and has grown to become one of the most trusted forest management accreditors in the world. Their objective is to set the standards by which forests are certified, offer credible verification to people who are buying wood and wood products, and help consumers and businesses identify products from well-managed forests.

There are two types of certification offered by the FSC. Firstly, the Forest Management certification guarantees growers’ adherence to responsible stewardship principles and compliance with social, economic and ecological criteria in the forest. Secondly, the Chain of Custody certification connects consumers to healthy forests by ensuring the traceability of wood and wood-based materials and products back to their source. It ensures that they have been frequently and thoroughly checked along their entire route to market, from forest to consumer.

The vast majority of the paper and other print substrates used in the professional printing industry are both renewable and recyclable because they are made from trees. However, this can only be effectively actioned when they are responsibly sourced and sensitively processed. As a market leader in label printing in Southern Africa, First Impression Labels recognise the importance of investing in an environmentally sustainable future. This is why we think it’s so important to support and raise awareness around the responsible sourcing and use of natural resources.

Being FSC certified allows First Impression Labels to confidently produce printed material and packaging that is environmentally conscious and helps us reduce the impact of our operations. It also offers our clients the ability to show their commitment to continuing the chain of custody and support the long-term sustainability of forests and preservation of their biological integrity.

“Trees are fundamental to the survival of not only our industry but our existence on this planet. It’s absolutely necessary for all of us to do everything we can to protect them.” – John Mertsch, FIL MD.

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