Press Release

FSC study invites public comment on pre-consumer reclaimed paper fiber

By Wed, Sep 25, 2013

BONN, Germany, Sept. 25, 2013 (Press Release) -FSC invites public comment on a study investigating FSC's approach to placing and valuing pre-consumer reclaimed paper fibre within FSC certified products.

In 2011 the FSC membership mandated FSC to conduct a chamber-balanced study to evaluate the risks and benefits of valuing pre-consumer reclaimed paper fibre materials as FSC certified content. The membership's direction requested assessment from a market, environmental and social perspective, as well as exploration of where best to value pre-consumer fibres in FSC paper products.

A discussion paper has been draft based on stakeholder input collected through a FSC membership survey, a stakeholder workshop in May 2012 and phone interviews with U.S. and Canadian paper companies conducted from December 2012 to February 2013. The document presents the findings of the evaluation and provides different options for valuing pre-consumer paper fibre in relation to FSC certified products.

A FSC membership survey has been launched to collect FSC members' comments on the Discussion Paper. A link to the survey has been distributed via the FSC member mailing list. If you are a member and have not received a link to the survey please contact Dorothee Jung at

We also welcome other stakeholders to provide comments on the discussion paper. Please use the comment form available below and send your comments to Dorothee Jung at

The discussion paper is open for public consultation until 15 December 2013.

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