[GRRN] certified paper

Mon, 8 Nov 1999 15:48:46 EST


I wonder if any of you have been following the Forest Stewardship
Council's recent efforts to certify paper? As I understand it, certified
paper is made with a certain percentage of VIRGIN wood fiber. This wood
supposedly comes from certified pulp plantations. It seems to me that
this undercuts the efforts to create markets for used paper and further
confuses the consumer on environmentally correct paper. Any thoughts?

FSC is supported by many mainstream enviro groups including Sierra Club,
World Wildlife Fund, and NRDC. The primary role of FSC is to develop
global markets for "well-managed" forests. There are many problems with
the FSC, e.g. it certifies old-growth forest logging in British Columbia.

David Orr