Wood and paper

Sustainable forest management and recycled paper for intact forests

Wood – a valuable resource

Forests provide a habitat for many animals, absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. With around 13 million hectares of forest disappearing every year, however, we are committed to sustainable forest management and recycled paper.

Forests provide us with valuable raw materials, with 40 per cent of the timber felled worldwide being processed into paper, for example. Often, however, forests are overexploited and social standards are not respected. The constantly increasing cultivation of soya and palm oil is also endangering forest areas worldwide.

Founding member of FSC Switzerland

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) quality seal guarantees environmentally sound, socially acceptable and economically sustainable timber production. It helps to increase the importance attributed to forests as the source of a valuable resource, and to halt the destruction of forests for the creation of farmland. We co-founded FSC Switzerland in 2003 and are also partner of the WWF Global Forest and Trade Network with the aim of promoting the FSC quality seal.

Here are a few figures:

    • Over two-thirds of our wood and paper range meet FSC guidelines.
    • For our Oecoplan own-label brand, this figure is 100 per cent.
    • We play a leading role in the area of gardening furniture, with our entire range being FSC-certified.
    • A high proportion of our packaging bears the FSC quality seal.

Transparent declaration and systematic recycling

As a rule, we declare both the species of wood and the country of origin for all wood products, regardless of whether they are own-label or branded goods. For many years now, we have been offering paper and toilet tissue from 100 per cent recycled fibres under the Oecoplan label, thereby eliminating the need for new wood in production.

Sustainably produced soya and palm oil

As co-initiator of the Basel Criteria for Responsible Soy Production, co-founder of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we are committed to environmentally sound and socially acceptable production of agricultural raw materials and to the protection of forest areas. Find out more under the main topic of agricultural raw materials.

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