Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Certified Packaging
Showcase your environmental credentials by using FSC certified corrugated boxes / packaging
If you want to improve the sustainability of your packaging – and overall business – then switching to FSC Packaging manufactured by GWP can make a significant difference.
Doing so ensures that your ecommerce, transit, and retail packaging / POS, is created using corrugated cardboard material that can be traced back to well managed forests (and utilises recycled content too).
This can also be combined with a number of other strategies, including reduction in material use, minimising volume in transit (and therefore emissions) and aiding recyclability for end users (such as eliminating films, plastics etc.)
Please see below for the range of FSC certified packaging products available from GWP.
Full range of FSC ecom boxes for businesses selling online
With consumers demanding sustainable packaging solutions, make sure your business is using FSC certifed ecommerce packaging
Switch to more sustainable postal packaging / FSC mailers without compromising protection for your goods
Sustainable packaging that protects your products in transit
Regardless of your application or industry, your business can source FSC certified transit packaging that is sustainable and protects your products.
Drive sales and enhanced brand perception with FSC retail packaging
Make sure your brands’ environmental credentials are front and centre using FSC printed / retail packaging
Grab consumer attention in store and boost sales
It’s not just your corrugated packaging boxes that can be FSC certified – your point of sale stands and displays can be to!
Wide range of FSC certified inserts, dividers and fittings
Alongside your outer packaging, you can also take advantage of FSC certified inserts, dividers and fittings to eliminate foams and other void fill
Sustainable packaging for breweries, distilleries and drinks producers
Take advantage of FSC certified, sustainable bottle packaging that does not compromise protection in transit
A range of unique, custom designed FSC cardboard products
Your business can benefit from so much more than just corrugated packaging! You can also source a wide selection of specialist FSC cardboard products from GWP
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How can using FSC certified packaging help your business?
As GWP are FSC certified (Chain of Custody Certificate No. C161914) it allows you to source FSC packaging products for your business.
But why should you do this?
The obvious answer is that it can significantly improve the sustainability of your packaging and, in turn, wider business.
FSC certified packaging uses material that can be traced back to sustainable forests managed by the Forest Stewardship Council, ensuring high levels of environmental conservation, promotion of reforesting, and helping to reduce illegal logging.
Besides this, the FSC also supports small holders and indigenous people in terms of protecting their environment, but also economically in providing training, safety equipment, decent wages and the right to join or form trade unions. Indigenous peoples are also ensured the right to use the forests as they did before.
Ultimately, with modern consumers demanding sustainable products (and with FSC certification being proof of your sustainable and environmentally considerate values), the positive impact on your business can be significant.
In fact, 3 out 5 consumers expect paper and cardboard packaging to be from sustainable sources. 75% of people living in the UK also indicate a preference for choosing a product bearing the FSC logo, compared to an otherwise identical one without.
So besides doing your part for the environment, using FSC packaging can also help towards improving sales, customer retention, and brand perception.
Other ways to make your packaging more sustainable
Besides using FSC certified corrugated boxes and packaging (which includes inserts, POS, and even specialist items such as cardboard spools), there are a number of other ways in which you can make your packaging more sustainable.
For example, by working with the award-winning design team at GWP, you can reduce the overall amount of material used in your packaging. The reduction in raw material requirements not only minimises environmental impact but can be implemented with no loss of protection for your items.
Using lighter material alongside custom sized packaging can also minimise weight and volume of your packaging in transit, not only reducing vehicle emissions but also saving you money too.
Clever engineering can also see materials such as foams, films and plastics being replaced with recyclable and biodegradable corrugated material. And it is even possible to aid recycling for end users, through use of printed instructions / logos (you can of course print FSC logos on packaging too) and eliminating mixed materials (such as foil lined boxes).
GWP are also able to provide you with a holistic view of your packaging. This could be, for example, where the use of a specific material – although not perceived as sustainable – will minimise environmental impact through reduced damage or multiple use (i.e. returnable packaging).
If you would like your packaging – including FSC certified boxes – to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly, then please speak with a GWP advisor today.
FSC Packaging Video
Key details on FSC products in under 2 minutes
Please see below for a brief video highlighting the environmental, social and economic benefits of FSC certified products (including corrugated packaging). Please note: This content is provided by WWF.
FSC Certified Packaging FAQs
Commonly asked questions regarding FSC packaging
Whilst it may seem like an overwhelmingly obvious choice to switch to FSC certified corrugated boxes, it Is not unusual to have a number of questions during this process.
The below section aims to cover the most commonly asked of these but, if you cannot find the specific information you require, then please get in touch. You can reach a packaging expert on 01793 754 444, or by emailing email@example.com
What does FSC stand for?
FSC® is an acronym for Forest Stewardship Council®. FSC is a foundation that was started in 1993 (in Brazil) with the aim of countering deforestation in the Amazonian rainforest. It has since grown to become the worldwide standard for sustainable forestry, with more than 185 million hectares of forests now being FSC certified.
What is FSC certified packaging?
FSC certified packaging is corrugated and other paper-based boxes, inserts and POS that is manufactured using material (i.e. wood) that can be traced back to FSC managed forests. Often combined with recycled content, FSC Packaging is sustainable and less harmful to the environment.
What does the FSC do?
Besides ensuring sustainable management of forests (in terms of regulations, guidelines and verifying compliance with these practices) the FSC also work to protect wildlife and indigenous peoples who call the world’s forests their home.
What FSC certification does GWP hold?
GWP have achieved FSC Chain of Custody certification (License number FSC – C161914), which provides verification of our corrugated packaging back to “Well Managed Forests”, certified in accordance with the strict rules of the organisation.
What is a Chain of Custody?
The “chain of custody” (the certification that GWP holds) allows any material that is claimed to be FSC to be traced back to forest it originated from. Each link (i.e. between forest, processors, manufacturers and even retail outlets) will have their own certification, and is independently verified each year.
Can I print FSC on packaging that my business uses?
If you specify FSC approved packaging from GWP, then you are able to include printed logo and trademarks on your boxes (subject to FSC packaging logo guidelines and approvals).
Are there other ways I can promote having FSC packaging?
You are able to promote your use of FSC packaging in other ways, although to do so you will need to obtain an FSC promotional license (details here). This will allow you to use FSC branding on your website, printed literature and other advertising / promotional material.
Is FSC available on all packaging?
Virtually all of the corrugated cardboard GWP use in manufacture of your packaging is from FSC approved sources (although there may be a few specialist grades of material not currently certified). This means you can source ecommerce boxes, transit packaging, retail ready packs and even cardboard point of sale that is FSC certified.
Do FSC® certified products cost more?
As that vast majority of material GWP uses is FSC approved, there is typically no additional costs for using FSC approved packaging at your business.
Is FSC® different from other forest certification schemes?
Whilst there are numerous other forest certification schemes, none of these are as widely recognised or provide the same degree of environmental, social and economic standards as the FSC does. As such, FSC is the only scheme endorsed by major environmental charities (including WWF, Greenpeace, Woodland Trust etc.)
Are FSC boxes sustainable?
Whilst corrugated boxes are themselves inherently sustainable (typically using large amounts of recycled material), using FSC certified packaging ensures that any virgin fibres / material also comes from sustainable sources.
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Free quotes and advice on any bespoke FSC certified packaging
Whilst GWP have been FSC certified for approximately one year (achieving Chain of Custody certification in 2020), we have been using FSC approved material for many years previously.
This means that, should your business be looking to lessen your environmental impact, promote your sustainable values, and meet the demands of modern consumers, sourcing FSC packaging from GWP can have a significant impact.
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If you can see the benefits to your business of switching to FSC packaging, please do not hesitate to get in touch for a free quote and / or advice.