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PEFC Collaboration Fund

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

Are You Considering Changing Your Plastic Items For Paper?

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Are You Considering Changing Your Plastic Items For Paper? If So Please Make Sure You Read This First

We have seen over the last few weeks many organisations, even the government announcing ways they will play their part in reducing the amount of plastic we see in our landfills, Countryside & Oceans.

This only means one thing, and that is that everyone will start moving towards more recyclable ways of packaging/distributing their items using such things as paper and cardboard.

If this is something you are thinking of implementing into your business then this is a great move. However, before you do so have you ensured that this packaging is coming from a sustainable source? If not then you most certainly should, as if it is not then this could have a major impact on our environment.

If your paper, card or wood fibre based products or packaging are not responsibly sourced they can contribute to deforestation; depleting the largest terrestrial store of atmospheric carbon on the planet.

What Is a Chain of Custody?

Chain of Custody Certification means that the product you are using is from a sustainable source. It means that it is checked at every stage of the process, so that anybody purchasing these products can be confident that they are Chain of Custody Certified.

Did you know that 55% of people in the UK have a preference for products that carry a Chain of Custody trademark?

At Interface NRM we are able to offer both FSC and/or PEFC Chain of Custody Certification, and can assist you with any questions you may have. We can be called on 01952 288325, you can initiate a live chat from our website, or fill in our contact us form.

You can also learn more about this on our website here.

 

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.

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.

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.

 

Chain of Custody Certification

Chain of Custody Certification is very busy this week, with Auditors visiting Hinckley, Swanscombe and Norfolk.

Last week saw requests for quotes from Architectural Companies in Bath and Birmingham, also a Commercial Printing Company in Colchester.

These companies want to display responsible procurement with an independent Certification System. This in turn shows to their clients that they can meet specific requirements.

There is a fact sheet containing more information on this, on the FSC website which can be found here.

Want To Know More?

Call us on 01952 288325, initiate a live chat, or fill out or 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.