A sustainable industry requires accountability and transparency. Accountable and comprehensive certifications and designations are essential to ensure legitimacy of environmental claims, generate trust and demonstrate leadership.
No one system covers every facet of production, so we ask all our manufactures to verify fiber sources and bleaching processes. We share this information in our continuing effort to minimize our environmental impact as well as the confusion around these terms and standards. New Leaf Paper uses the following certifications and designations to validate the environmental leadership of our products.
Ancient Forest Friendly
The Ancient Forest Friendly™ logo represents the highest and most comprehensive standards for environmental responsibility in the paper industry. In order to be Ancient Forest Friendly™, a paper must be manufactured with a high percentage of post-consumer waste and contain no virgin fiber from old-growth, ancient or endangered forests. Any virgin fiber used in the paper must be both FSC® certified and assessed to not originate from endangered forests. Bleaching must be chlorine free, without the use of chlorine or chlorine compounds.
Forest Stewardship Council ™ (FSC®)
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) standards represent the world’s strongest system for guiding responsible forest management, including the chain of custody in the manufacturing of paper. When you buy paper products that are FSC® certified you are promoting responsible use of forest resources. The FSC® also supports responsible forest management by certifying papers that are made with high post-consumer recycled content. New Leaf Paper products that are FSC® certified meet or exceed the FSC® standards for recycled content in paper products.
All of New Leaf Paper’s inventory products are manufactured with electricity that is offset with Green-e® certified renewable energy certificates. Green-e® is the nation’s leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy products. The Green-e® logo is a nationally recognized symbol to help consumers identify superior, certified renewable energy products. Renewable energy reduces the emissions that cause global warming and air pollution. In addition, it decreases our dependence on fossil fuel resources.
Certified B Corporation
B Corporations™ are a new type of corporation that is purpose-driven and creates benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders. B Corporations™ are unlike traditional businesses because they meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards and institutionalize multiple stakeholder interests.
Processed Chlorine Free
“Processed chlorine free” refers to recycled paper in which the recycled content is unbleached or bleached without chlorine or chlorine derivatives. Dioxins and other toxins and pollutants created by chlorine and its derivatives are often referred to as chlorinated organic-compounds. The dioxins have been associated with adverse affects on the immune and reproductive systems of human as well as those of fish and wildlife species. The term Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) is applied only to post consumer recycled fiber.