PEFC International is delighted to welcome the Hungarian Forest Certification Non-profit Ltd. as the 41st national member joining the PEFC family. “We have learned from experience that PEFC is much more than a just label that allows consumers to make ethical purchases. PEFC is a cleverly designed, robust technical framework. Perhaps even more importantly, PEFC is a community of friendly people who care about forests and care about our future. We are proud to become a member of this community,” said Endre Schiberna, Head of the Standard Setting Committee. “Hungary is a perfect example of how the forestry sector can benefit from forest certification,” continued Mr. Schiberna. “While our forest related regulations are said to be among the most rigorous in Europe, the general public is unaware of this, even within the country. This means that Hungarian forest products are not favored by environmental-conscious consumers.”
Appleton Coated has received the WWF Environmental Paper Awards 2016 (Category “Striving for Continual Improvement”) for screening the forest, climate, and water footprint of selected paper products with WWF’s Check your Paper Method.
Appleton Coated senior vice president of marketing & customer services, Ann Whalen, comments, “Appleton Coated strives to make it easy for customers to choose environmentally-responsible papers. WWF recognizes our efforts to expand our offering of higher post-consumer recovered fiber products. In areas where we have made less progress than desired, the WWF focus on transparency and continuous improvement pushes us to be more innovative and diligent in those efforts.”
WWF created the Environmental Paper Awards to recognize and encourage company efforts in reducing the forest, water and climate footprint of paper products. WWF’s Check your Paper Method reduces the complexity in evaluating a paper’s footprint by using relatively few, but carefully selected, environmental indicators.
With a focus on recycled fiber, Appleton Coated continues to expand its environmental product offering in both its coated and uncoated lines, adding many new product options with high post-consumer recycled fiber content levels, up to 100% in some cases.
The first North American coated paper mill to be Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified (FSC® C007796), Appleton Coated maintains ISO14001 certification. It is an 8 year Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay® Transport Partner and 2015 SmartWay Excellence Award Winner. It is a member of the EPA Green Power Partnership® since 2011 and named to the National Top 100 in 2014, 2015, and 2016. It is also a Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Green Masters Winner for the last 5 years. Additionally, it is one of 7 Green Tier II companies recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as having exceptional environmental management systems in place.