What does the FSC certification mean?
Over the last decades, there has been a lot of talk about deforestation, as it is not good for the climate. To curb this unfortunate trend, legislation has been put in place in the EU to ensure more sustainable logging. This legislation is called the Timber Act.
Timber legislation only solves part of the problem, and in order to really get there, we need to find sustainable solutions for wood production. We want to continue to be able to use wood from forests, but of course in a way that protects nature and makes production sustainable. This is where FSC comes in.
FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC certification is a non-profit labelling scheme for wood and paper, and therefore deals with responsible and sustainable forestry. We use wood for all sorts of things - including in the cosmetics industry, where we create brush caps and packaging, for example. Forests are home to the majority of terrestrial organisms and also help mitigate climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide. It is therefore important that we use forests responsibly.
In an FSC forest, no more wood is cut than the forest can produce. At the same time, the FSC ensures that wildlife in the forest is protected. Last but not least, FSC certification guarantees that the people who work in and with the forest have decent working conditions and wages.
There are FSC forests all over the world.