The Paper Industry drives forest growth

Myth – Paper is bad for the environment!

Fact – Paper is one of the few truly sustainable products

Paper is based on wood, a natural and renewable material. As young trees grow they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Furthermore, as a wood product, paper also continues to store carbon throughout its lifetime.


Contrary to public opinion, Europe’s forests are increasing in size – by an area equivalent to 1.5 million football pitches every year (an area four times the size of London) – and responsible forest management is helping to drive this growth.

The Paper Industry depends on trees and needs thriving forests.  It is very much in the Industry’s interest that trees and forests can be used sustainably and remain available as a raw material for future generations.

Of the timber extracted in the UK, less than 5% is used in paper and pulp production (around 11% worldwide).  This timber is lower grade confier logs and forest thinnings (immature trees extracted from the forest to enable those remaining to grow to healthy maturity).  Higher grade timber is generally used by other industries such as construction and furniture making.  Saw mill residues, such as wood chips, are also used as raw material for the Paper Industry*.


  • Paper is made from wood, a truly renewable and sustainable resource
  • Forest certification ensures wood comes from well-managed forests
  • Responsible wood, pulp and paper production ensures healthy growing forests
  • Between 2005 and 2015, European forests grew by an area the size of Switzerland
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The paper industry has a number of respected certification schemes ensuring the paper you use has come from a sustainable forest source. The most recognisable certification for the paper industry is the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).



FSC helps take care of forests and the people and wildlife who call them home. It runs a global forest certification system with two key components: Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification. This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products produced from well-managed forests and/or recycled materials.

FSC’s “tick tree” logo is used to indicate that products are certified under the FSC system. When you see the FSC logo on a label, you can buy forest products with confidence that you are helping to ensure our forests are alive for generations to come.


Friday 29th September is FSC Friday!  Impress Print Services would like to give a big thumbs up to the great work done by FSC to ensure responsible forest management. We are proud to play a part in supporting and promoting them.  Don’t forget, if you would like to have the FSC logo printed on your work, just ask us – it’s a great way to show your support and commitment too.

* Source Info:  Confederation of Paper Industries



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