National Tree Week 25th November – 3rd December

National Tree Week

 

National Tree Week takes place from the 25th of November to the 3rd of December, and is the UK’s biggest annual festival of trees.

Trees supply us with food, fuel and building materials, they can help reduce flooding, clean our polluted air and water supplies and the provide a habitat for a range of wildlife. The Tree Council is asking the public to get involved with National Tree Week, to raise awareness and appreciation for trees, and to encourage planting.

What Can You Do To Help?

You can find out more about National Tree Week on the Tree Council Website here, or you can take part in an event taking place near you. More information on events taking place can be found here.

If you would like to find out how your business could show responsible management of the world’s forests, you could become FSC™ or PEFC Certified. If you would like to know more about this then one of our team would be more than happy to help. We can be contacted on 01952 288325, you can initiate an online chat or fill in our ‘Contact Us’ form.

PEFC Forest Certification Week

PEFC Forest Certification Week

Next week 13th – 17th November 2017 is the PEFC Forest Certification Week.

It includes the PEFC General Assembly, meeting and workshops dedicated to members and invited guests. It comes to a close with the two day PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue, which is open to everybody.

This year they are focusing on Making Certification Smart, as they explore and discover new and emerging technologies which show promise for supporting forest certification.

You can learn more about this on the PEFC website here.

If you would like to learn more about becoming PEFC Certified then we would be more than happy to assist you with this. We can be contacted on 01952 288325, initiate a live chat or fill in our online enquiry form.

Well Done To Amy For Successfully Completing The FSC Trademark Approval Course

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Well done to Amy Buckler our Sales and Marketing Executive, for successfully completing the FSC Trademark Approval course.

Both Charlotte and Amy have now completed this course, and are able to approve your use of the FSC Trademark for products, packaging and promotional material. Amy has already been putting her training to the test, by approving trademark usage for one of our clients from the landscaping industry in Harrogate.

If you would like further information on this or if you require approval you can call us on 01952 288325, initiate a live chat, fill out an online enquiry form or send the information through to our dedicated e-mail address logo@interface-nrm.co.uk.

If you do not currently hold FSC Certification but would like to find out more about this, then please get in touch and one of our team would be more than happy to assist you.

FSC General Assembly 2017

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Last week saw the FSC General Assembly taking place in Vancouver. The FSC General Assembly takes place every 3 years, and is an opportunity for the FSC International Membership to come together to discuss the challenges and solutions of responsible forest management, and the future direction of the organisation.

The general assembly of FSC members is the highest FSC platform for decision-making.

You can find out what was discussed and the outcomes of this here.

This week Interface NRM has seen enquiries from the Decking and Automobile Industries, in Chesire and Norwich who wish to become FSC Certified.

If you are interested in finding out more about FSC Certification and how it can be of benefit to your company, one of our dedicated staff would be more than happy to assist you. We can be contacted on 01952 288325, you can initiate a live chat or you can complete our online enquiry form.

PEFC Label Generation

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Any company that has already obtained a valid PEFC Logo Usage License can use the PEFC Label Generator. It is easy to use and its intuitive online tool generates PEFC labels in a matter of minutes. It provides you with everything you need to put a PEFC label on your products or promotional materials.

With the PEFC Label Generator you can customize your label to suit your requirements:

  • The label is currently available in over 25 languages.
  • Choose from green, black and white.
  • The label can be created with or without a border.
  • Portrait or landscape.
  • The term ‘This product is’ may be customised and be replaced with the product name or category.
  • The one-line label represents the smallest possible label option. Use is encouraged in cases where using the standard PEFC label would hamper readability.
  • Label name, label claim and website can be removed if they are unreadable or if placing them on a product is not feasible.

You can find out more about this on the PEFC website here.

Not currently PEFC certified but interested in finding out more about this? One of our dedicated team would be more than happy to help you with any questions you may have. We can be contacted on 01952 288325, you can initiate an online chat, or complete our online enquiry form.

This week we have received enquiries from the Bespoke Furniture and Consultancy industries in London and Cambridge who want to show that they are dedicated to promote sustainable forest management.

Today Is FSC Friday

FSC Friday, FSC Certification, FSC, Sustainability, forest certificationFriday the 29th of September is FSC Friday. FSC helps take care of forests and the people and the wildlife who call them home and is recognised by the WWF as the ‘hallmark of responsible forest management@.

FSC certified businesses have voluntarily taken the step to ensure that the wood, paper and other forest-based materials they use help to ensure forests for all forever.

On FSC Friday all certification bodies, FSC certificate and licence holders in the UK are invited to promote their involvement in FSC certification and responsible forest management.

  • The FSC label guarantees that trees are harvested are replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally.
  • In FSC certified forests, some areas are protected entirely, to preserve rare animals and plants.
  • FSC is the only forest certification sheme endorsed by WWF, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust.
  • FSC protects the rights of indigenous people to use forests. Sacred sites in FSC certified forests are exempt from felling.
  • Owners of FSC certified forests must provide training, safety equipment and a suitable salary to their employees. The forest owner is often obliged to support the community in other ways such as through the development of schools.

This week has seen enquiries for FSC certification in the End of Life and Joinery sectors in Yorkshire and Coventry, who felt it important to demonstrate sustainability in the products they are supplying to their customers.

Further information on FSC certification can be found on our website here. or alternatively one of our dedicated staff members would be more than happy to assist you with any questions or queries you may have. We can be contacted on 01952 288325, you can initiate a live chat, or complete our online enquiry form.

Register For FSC Friday

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If you are an FSC Certificate or Licence holder in the UK, there is still time to register for the FSC Friday digital resource pack.

You can do so for free on the FSC website here.

It is a great opportunity to inform and educate people – including employees, students, groups and the general public of the value of FSC and the vital role forests play in our lives. It is a chance to increase awareness and encourage people to look for the FSC logo and buy FSC certified products.

If you are interested in becoming FSC Certified then one of our dedicated staff will be happy to help you.

We can be contacted on 01952 288325, you can initiate a live chat on our website or fill in our online enquiry form.

This week we have been servicing companies in the Interior Design and Furniture industries, in Leicester and Lancashire for FSC Certification.

How Could PEFC Benefit Your Business?

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PEFC is the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, and is the world’s leading forest certification system.

More than 300 million hectares of forests are certified to PEFC’s internationally recognised Sustainability Benchmarks. These supply more than 18,000 Chain of Custody certified companies globally with responsibly sourced timber and wood-based products.

PEFC was founded by small and family forest owners to demonstrate excellence in sustainable forest management.

A recent survey taken by PEFC showed that 54% of consumers who took part, were reassured mostly by the label/logo displayed on the product that environmental considerations and sustainable development have been considered.

PEFC Chain of Custody certification can allow your organisation to demonstrate responsible supply chain management to your customers. It will provide you with a variety of benefits that help the environment, people and your bottom line.

It could also give you access to new markets and a wider range of availability and choice.

It shows business leadership on sustainability and compliance with legislation, and will allow you to have complete trace-ability on any products you supply which display the PEFC label.

You can find more about PEFC Certification on their website here.

This week we have been certifying clients in the Timber Trade and Packaging industries in Warwickshire and Tyne and Wear, who wanted to show that their wood and non-timber forest products have been sourced from sustainably-managed forests.

If you would like to know more one of our dedicated staff would be more than happy to assist you. We can be contacted on 01952 288325, you can initiate a live chat or you can complete our online enquiry form.

Pattens Rock Woodland Visit

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During the very sunny, bank holiday weekend our Sales, Marketing and Admin Specialist, Amy has been out exploring Pattens Rock Quarry in Ironbridge. This is surrounded by the very beautiful Benthall Edge Wood, which is managed by Severn Gorge Countryside Trust.

Severn Gorge Countryside Trust is a registered charity that was set up in 1991, and they are the main land manager of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. In total they look after 700 acres of land, all of which is open to the public to use and enjoy. Benthall Edge is a wooded landscape overlying limestone, coal and clay, mixed with ironstone. This geology influences the plants that grow here. On the limestone areas, ash trees prefer the alkaline soil whereas oak trees grow on the slightly acidic soil of the clay/coal measures.

The landscape bears scars of collapsed clay adits, drift mines and spoil heaps. Most of the woodland would have been cut to make charcoal to fuel the iron furnaces before the advent of coke. Remnants of the charcoal hearths are still visible today.

Further information can be found on the Severn Gorge Countryside Trust website here.

By implementing FSC Certification into your business you can reduce your environmental impact – which will help to maintain or restore the ecosystem, its biodiversity resources and the wonderful landscapes such as Benthall Edge Woods.

Last week we certified clients in the Printing and Distribution Industries in Scotland and Suffolk for FSC certification – linking the well-managed and beautiful FSC forests with products that discerning companies and consumers can preferentially purchase.

If you are interested in finding out more about FSC Certification and how it can be of benefit to your company, one of our dedicated staff would be more than happy to assist you. We can be contacted on 01952 288325, you can initiate a live chat or you can complete our online enquiry form.

PEFC Certification Is Available To All

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Did you know that PEFC Chain of Custody Certification is available to all companies that manufacture, process, trade or sell timber or timber-based products?

Whether you are a saw or paper mill, manufacturer, trader, distributor, wholesaler, retailer, printer, or paper merchant, PEFC Chain of Custody Certification can provide you with the confidence that you are in alignment with regulatory requirements and have access to a growing global market for responsibly sourced wood and paper products.

PEFC Chain of Custody Certification provides independently verifies assurance that the certified wood contained in a product originates from well-managed forests. In addition, the PEFC Due Diligence System (DDS) minimises the risk that timber comes from illegal harvesting and enables companies to demonstrate alignment with regulatory requirements.

This week we have been busy certifying clients from the Distribution and Bespoke Artistry industries in Cheshire and Powys.

Want to learn more?

You can learn more about PEFC Certification on the The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification website at http://www.pefc.co.uk/

You can also contact us, and one of our dedicated team will be able assist you with any questions you may have. You can call us on 01952 288325, initiate a live chat or fill out our online enquiry form.