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All of the papers offered by Planet 3 Press hold at least one of the certifications below. Please refer to the "Product Options" tab under each product page to view the certifications for the paper choices.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization whose mission is to promote responsible management of the world's forests. FSC is the global benchmark for responsible forest management. The intent of the FSC system is to shift the market to eliminate habitat destruction, water pollution, displacement of indigenous peoples and violence against people and wildlife that may sometimes accompany logging.
FSC certified products are converted utilizing paper, which is manufactured by FSC certified mills, which adhere to responsible forestry practices. Customers buying FSC certified envelopes are assured that the paper used in the manufacture of these products originates from FSC certified sources. FSC certification has strong recognition throughout the world as a credible program promoting the responsible use of the earth's resources.
-National Envelope
SFI certified products are produced from SFI program certified paper mills, which utilize fiber certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program. Fiber coming from this program is certified based on a comprehensive system of principles, objectives, and performance measures developed by professional foresters, conservationists and scientists that combines the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the long-term protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water quality. Under the SFI program, participating companies plant or grow more trees than are harvested each year. Over one million acres are reforested each year under the SFI program.
-National Envelope
The PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.
PEFC is a global umbrella organization for the assessment of and mutual recognition of national forest certification schemes developed in a multi-stakeholder process. These national schemes build upon the inter-governmental processes for the promotion of sustainable forest management, a series of on-going mechanisms supported by 149 governments in the world covering 85% of the world's forest area.
-PEFC
Post-consumer waste (PCW) fiber is generated from consumer end products that have been separated or diverted from the solid waste stream. Items that make up this type of fiber include office wastepaper, mail and magazines from people's homes, and used packaging from delivered products.
Pre-consumer waste fiber is generated from materials that have not met their intended end-use by a consumer. Examples include waste from manufacturing, and converting and printing processes.
Products qualifying as "recyclable" are made with paper and have no attachments which prevent them from being entered into conventional recycling programs. A product can only be marked as recyclable if it can be collected, separated or otherwise recovered from the solid waste stream for reuse in the manufacture of another product through an established recycling program.
-National Envelope
Being carbon neutral, or carbon neutrality, refers to neutral (meaning zero) total carbon release, brought about by balancing the amount of carbon released with the amount sequestered or offset. Various special interests attempt to promote a use of the term that refers to carbon reduction, which is clearly not neutral. In this more loose sense, it has two common uses:
* It can refer to the practice of balancing carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels, with renewable energy that creates a similar amount of useful energy, so that the carbon emissions are compensated, or alternatively using only renewable energies that don't produce any carbon dioxide.
* It is also used to describe the practice, criticized by some, of carbon offsetting, by paying others to remove or sequester 100% of the carbon dioxide emitted from the atmosphere.
-Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) is reserved for recycled content paper. This includes all recycled fibers used as a feedstock that meet EPA guidelines for recycled or post-consumer content. PCF papers have not been rebleached with chlorine containing compounds. A minimum of 30% post-consumer contet is required.
-National Envelope
Wind Power products are Green-e certified, which indicates that the product is made with electricity generated from certified wind power to the standards set by the Center for Resource Solutions.
The Green-e Renewable Electricity Certification Program is administered by the not-for-profit Center for Resource Solutions, based in San Francisco, California. Green-e provides an easy way for consumers to quickly identify environmentally superior products made from renewable sources of electricity. Wind energy is the fastest growing source of electricity in the USA.
Green-e certified wind power products are considered more beneficial for the environment because they are made from a clean, renewable energy source. Wind energy serves to avoid the release from conventional electricity generation carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas.
-National Envelope
Green Seal is an organization which works with manufacturers, industry sectors, purchasing groups, and governments at all levels to "green" the production and purchasing chain. Products can only become Green Seal certified after rigorous testing and evaluation, including on-site plant visits.
Minimum requirements for Green Seal certified papers specify that uncoated printing and writing papers shall either:

1) contain at least 30% post-consumer material, or
2) be manufactured without using chlorine or chlorine derivatives

-National Envelope