Iceland Foods and McDonald’s Packaging Pledge

Iceland Foods and McDonald's Packaging Pledge

 

McDonald’s have said that all of its packaging worldwide will come from sustainable sources by 2025, and Iceland Foods have promised that there own label packaging will be free of plastics by the end of 2023.

McDonald’s is already aiming for all of its paper and card packaging, such as burger boxes or paper bags, to come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs by 2020.

Iceland Foods new ranges will be packaged using a paper-based tray, rather than plastic.

This is a huge move forwards for 2 big names on our high streets, but is one that we hope will roll out across all industries in the not too distant future.

Iceland Foods Managing Director Richard Walker said ‘The onus is on retailer, as leading contributors to plastic packaging pollution and waste to take a stand and deliver meaningful change. Other supermarkets, and the retail industry as a wholes, should follow suit and offer similar commitments during 2018. This is a time for collaboration’.

Here at Interface NRM we offer both FSC® and PEFC™ Certification, which ensures that from forest to end-user, the materials have been traced at every stage, and the logos allow customers to identify that the products they purchase come from well-managed forests with high ethical standards.

One of our dedicated team would be more than happy to assist you with any questions you may have about FSC® and/or PEFC™ Certification. We can be contacted on 01952 288325, you can initiate an online chat or you can complete our contact us form.

Interface NRM Christmas 2017 Opening Hours

Interface NRM Christmas 2017 Opening Hours

Our offices will close at 5pm on Friday the 22nd of December.

We re-open at 9am on Tuesday the 2nd of January.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your custom in 2017 and to with you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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.