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Tetra Pak is the world's largest packaging company so when they decide to do something environmental it has a big impact. They have just announced that all of their UK and Irish packaging will be FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. That means that all the products using the Tetra Pak system will now be using environmental packaging with the FSC logo.
How big is big? This development will see supply increase from 200 million FSC-certified
packs available across the world in 2008, to over 1.5 billion packs in the UK and Ireland alone.
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Sainsbury's supermarket has already switched their organic range to this packaging, as have Innocent drinks who have started using it for their children's smoothie range.
Some have criticized Tetra Pak because the whole of the packaging is not recyclable. Now they have committed to increasing the recycling of their cartons. In 2008 25.6 billion cartons were recycled, which was a 64% increase since 2002. Over the next year, 75% of the cartons made by Tetra Pak for the UK & Ireland will become FSC-certified.
What does it mean to have the FSC certification?
The FSC is the only international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests. It was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and is supported by NGOs including WWF, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust.
The FSC 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 timber and forest products produced from well-managed forests.
The FSC logo is used on product labels to indicate whether products are certified under the FSC system. It means that all wood-fibre used in the manufacturing process comes from FSC certified well-managed forests and other controlled sources.