Wood and paper
Sustainable forestry and recycled paper to protect our forests.
Wood – a precious resource
Forests provide a habitat for many animals, absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. However, around 13 million hectares of forest are being lost worldwide every year, so we are committed to sustainable forestry and recycled paper.
Forests provide us with valuable raw materials: for example, 40 percent of the timber felled worldwide is processed into paper. Often, however, this leads to overexploitation, or the flouting of social standards. Forests around the world are also under threat from encroaching soya and palm oil plantations.
Founding member of FSC Switzerland
The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) seal of approval guarantees environmentally-friendly, socially beneficial and economically viable timber production, enhancing the status of forests as a resource pool and stemming the destruction of forest to make way for agricultural land. In 2003, we co-founded FSC Switzerland and are also a partner in the WWF Global Forest & Trade Network, to promote the FSC quality seal.
Here are a few figures:
- Over two thirds of our wood and over 50 percent of our paper range now comply with the FSC guidelines.
- For our Oecoplan own label brand, that figure is 100 percent.
- We play a pioneering role in the sale of garden furniture: the entire range is FSC-certified.
- Much of our packaging bears the FSC seal of approval.
Clear declaration and systematic recycling
As a matter of principle, we disclose the type of wood and country of origin for all our wood products, regardless of whether they are own label products or branded items. Under Coop Oecoplan, we have for many years been selling paper and toilet paper made from 100 percent recycled fibre, which eliminates the need for new wood in the manufacturing process.
Sustainably produced soya and palm oil
As a co-initiator of the Basel Criteria for Sustainable Soy, a co-founder of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and a member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we are committed to environmentally-friendly and socially responsible production of agricultural raw materials and to protecting forests. Read more about this under the main topic Agricultural Raw Materials.