FSC Friday: who are the Forest Stewardship Council and how can you support them?
It’s likely you’ve heard of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). But do you really know what they stand for, or how to support them? Since it’s FSC Friday this week, we thought we’d shed some light on the Forest Stewardship Council here on our blog.
FSC Friday: discover more about the Forest Stewardship Council and how to support them
What is the FSC?
Established in 1994, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was the world’s first, not-for-profit forest certification system, dedicated to the global promotion of responsible forest management worldwide.
Why is it important to support the FSC and protect our forests?
The FSC work to prohibit deforestation, protect rare, endangered species and old growth forests, and restrict the use of hazardous chemicals.
Forests are key to clean water. Today, most of the world’s population lives downstream of forested watersheds.
1.3 billion people (about one-fifth of the global population) depend on forests and trees for employment, forest products, and contributions to livelihoods and incomes.
Today, over 195 million hectares of forests in 84 countries worldwide are managed according to FSC standards. These include boreal, temperate and tropical forests owned publicly, privately and by communities.
How to support the FSC?
There are a multitude of products that are FSC certified. And it’s easy to tell which these are – just look for the FSC label! Here’s our list of the most common FSC certified products:
- Garden furniture
- Bird boxes and bird tables
- Kitchen, bathroom and general housewares
- Wall paper
- Toilet tissue
… in fact most things made from wood! The label can also be found on non-timber forest products such as natural latex, cork and bamboo.
Donate to the FSC
FSC UK is a small charity and relies on grants and donations for much of their work. Click here to support them and protect the world’s forests!
How does Thought support the FSC?
All of our signage, printed materials, and office paper is FSC approved. And so are our Thought notebooks!
Have some fun this Friday and dress up in green to support FSC Friday!
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