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Green Accreditations Demystified

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Helping the environment by being green, may sound simple at first, but with all the different logos and labelling it can become confusing, especially when you don’t know what each logo stands for.

To help you reach your green potential, we’re going to demystify the main eco labels, so that you can gain a clear and complete understanding of what you’re buying.

Nordic Swan
The Nordic Swan or Nordic Ecolable is the official sustainability labeling system for Nordic countries, which was introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers. It works on a voluntary license system, whereby the applicant agrees to follow certain criteria outlined. After three years the criteria is revised and the accreditation needs to be reapplied for. Currently the Nordic Swan has 67 different product groups, from furniture and hotels to soap and toner cartridges.

Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was established in 1993 as an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation whose mission is to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. When you see the FSC logo on a label, you can buy timber and other wood products, such as paper, with the confidence that you are not contributing to the destruction of the world’s forest.

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) was established in 1999 as a result of the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio. It is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation that promotes Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third party certification.
PEFC works to promote good practice in the forest and thanks to its eco label, allows customers identify products that have been cut from sustainably managed forests.

Rainforest Alliance
In 1986 the Rainforest Alliance was created. It’s a non-governmental organisation working to conserve biodiversity and to ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

Blue Angel
Blue Angel is the oldest ecolabel in the world, established in 1978 it covers some 10,000 products in 80 product categories. This logo points to products and services that are eco and health-friendlier than comparable products.
The product-based logo contains a detailed reference to the product’s relevant traits such as ‘energy-efficient’ and ‘low-emission’.

Recycling with OfficeXpress
With OfficeXpress you can help the environment even further by using our free recycling service, which collects ink and toner cartridges, along with I.T equipment. This service is completely free and it’s simple to request. All you need to do is fill in the recycling form via our website and we’ll be in touch to arrange a collection date, or alternatively call us on 0845 835 0418.

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