FSC Certifications aids in greater awareness of the environment

animation-2At Corcoran Printing, we understand the importance of the environment and sustainability. Because of that, we have gone through the process of Forest Management Certification with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) of the United States.

Despite the importance of forests, and according to the United Nations System-Wide Earthwatch, reports indicate that almost half of the planets original forest has been destroyed. The remaining forest plays an essential role in maintaining biodiversity, as well as aiding in fighting the greenhouse effect.

FSC certification is recognized as one of the most important initiatives in recent history to promote better forest management. Our FSC certification is in Chain-of-Custody, which ensures that our products are coming from responsibly managed sources, and that everyone in the supply chain of a particular product, is also FSC Certified. Basically, this means that we are promoting responsible forestry, by buying wood and paper products from well-managed forests, backed by a rigorous certification audit.

According to the World Resources Institute, more than 1 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods. Forest ecosystems play an important role in providing food, water, wood products and medicine. The World Resources Institute also reported that recent studies estimate that 12% of human generated greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation and forest degradation.

Our focus on the environment and sustainability extends well beyond our FSC Certification. We also recycle over 200,000 lbs. of paper, as well as an array of cardboard and plastic each year. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), every ton of mixed paper recycled can save the equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline.

EPA figures show that 69 million tons of paper and paperboard are used in the United States each year. Over 5,000 usable products are made from recycled paper, including paper towels, masking tape, paper money, bandages, hospital gowns, coffee filters, lamp shades, egg cartons and much more.

We also recycle thousands of lbs. of aluminum print plates each year, which can be melted down to make new plates or for other purposes. In addition we recycle ink jet cartridges, CDs and used computers and other office equipment.

It is our hope that our commitment to the environment, along with the commitment of others, will help ensure the health of our nations forest for generations to come. For more information on our FSC Certification, visit corcoranprinting.com.