FSC labels - Do you know the difference?


Trademark & Labeling (© FSC A.C.)© FSC A.C.Now that you know how we manage forests sustainably around the world, you’re probably wondering how you can support our efforts. It’s simple: look for the FSC label when you go to the supermarket; or the furniture store; or at the place where you buy your morning coffee.

The great thing about the FSC label is that once you know about it, you will see it everywhere. On the back of your favourite book; or on the milk carton in your fridge; and, most likely, on that packet of toilet roll you just bought.

Tracking a piece of timber harvested in South Africa until it becomes that piece of paper that gets stuck in your office photocopier in New York City can be a difficult task though – which is why we have three labels that make it clear just how the wood in what you have bought has been sourced.


So, what does that all mean?

Simply put, all three labels provide you with a guarantee that the product you are buying is made from wood from responsible sources.

We all make choices every day – and now, when you see any of the three FSC labels, you can make a choice that helps the world’s forests.Choose FSC, and choose a sustainable future for us all.


FSC 100% – FSC 100% means that all the wood in the product comes from FSC-certified forests. Research suggests one-third of all FSC-certified products are FSC 100%.(FSC Global Market Survey Report 2014)FSC Recycled – FSC Recycled means all the wood or paper in the product comes from reclaimed material.FSC Mix – FSC Mix means at least 70% of the wood in the product is from FSC-certified material or recycled material; and 30% is controlled wood. While not fully FSC-certified, controlled wood cannot be: Illegally harvestedHarvested in violation of traditional and civil rightsHarvested in forests where High Conservation Values are threatenedHarvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest useHarvested in forests where genetically modified trees are planted.

FSC 100%

FSC 100% means that all the wood in the product comes from FSC-certified forests. Research suggests one-third of all FSC-certified products are FSC 100%.(FSC Global Market Survey Report 2014)

FSC Recycled

FSC Recycled means all the wood or paper in the product comes from reclaimed material.

FSC Mix

FSC Mix means at least 70% of the wood in the product is from FSC-certified material or recycled material; and 30% is controlled wood. While not fully FSC-certified, controlled wood cannot be:

  • Illegally harvested
  • Harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights
  • Harvested in forests where High Conservation Values are threatened
  • Harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
  • Harvested in forests where genetically modified trees are planted.
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