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PEFC Collaboration Fund Competition Is Now Open

The PEFC collaboration fund competition is now open!

Following on from the 2017 PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue, there appeared to be no question that forest certification needs to embrace modern innovations & technology. In response to this, through the PEFC collaboration fund they are seeking to support members and their partner organisations in their efforts to embrace technology innovation within certification.

What are they looking for?

Ambitious solutions to tackle critical issues like making certification more accessible for smallholders, creating innovative approaches for auditing and data collection, or imagining new ways to engage consumers on sustainability.

They want projects that pioneer new applications of technology and innovation that show promise of new solutions for:

  • Engaging and leveraging society for sustainable forestry
  • Strengthening trust and traceability throughout value chains
  • Creating efficient and accessible sustainable forest management certification
  • Evolving certification processes, data collection and impact measurement

Are you interested in getting involved?

PEFC members, both national members and international stakeholder members, are eligible to apply and must be the main project applicant. Project partners may include all kind of organisations, including private and public sector organisations.

Proposals can request a contribution of up to 50,000 CHF and must have a maximum project time frame of 3 years. The fund will support new and additional activities rather than existing, ongoing work and running costs. Grantees must provide evidence of at least 35% co funding from other sources within the overall project.

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

Are you interested in obtaining PEFC Certification for your business?

Interface NRM are a Certification Body, who are able to offer PEFC Certification Services. You can learn more about this on our website here, where we do also have a live chat should you wish to speak to one of our dedicated staff members.

We can also be called on 01952 288325 or you can e-mail us at info@interface-nrm.co.uk

Customer Feedback Pusterla 1880 UK Limited

Customer Feedback Pusterla 1880 UK Limited

Thank you to Scott Ford from Pusterla 1880 UK Limited for your feedback.

‘A huge thanks to the Interface Team for helping us through our Certification under real time pressure! The Team understood entirely what was required by us and delivered in a thoroughly professional manner. Communication was great and we were fully aware of the status throughout the process, which helped us hugely.

A really enjoyable experience working with you and really good to see a company that does exactly what it says it would do’.

Pusterla 1880 UK Limited create boxes and cases of all shapes and complexities, which are created and realised through a constant search for innovative materials and original technical solutions. They operate without setting limits on imagination and finishing possibilities. They have the latest generation of plant engineering, to perform even the most complex processes automatically.

Pusterla 1880 UK Limited have recently obtained Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification through Interface NRM, to show that they responsibly source their products.

What Is FSC Certification?

FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.

FSC helps take care of forests and the people and wildlife who call them home and is recognised by WWF as the “hallmark of responsible forest management”.

50% of people in the UK recognise the FSC logo (GfK 2014) and the market for responsibly sourced timber and timber products is growing.

Would You Like To Know More?

If you would like to know more about FSC Certification or the benefits it could have for your business, one of our dedicated team would be more than happy to assist you. We can be contacted on 01952 288325, you can initiate a live char, or fill in our contact us form.

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.

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.

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.

 

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PEFC/FSC Certification and Art World Conservation

We are recognising Art World Conservation which takes place from the 4th to the 25th of August. It is a 3-week charity event which will be held at the Royal Horticultural Society Halls in London. This event is to raise awareness about Wildlife, Conservation and Climate Change.

More information on this event can be found at http://artworldconservation.com/

What Can We Do To Help?

As a business, you can become PEFC/FSC Certified, to display that you have a responsible approach to purchasing wood or fibre-based products, which in turn will benefit the environment.

Want To Know More?

Call us on 01952 288325, initiate a live chat, or fill out our online enquiry form.