Ontario government policy to buy Forest Stewardship Council paper supports shifting marketplace - FSC emerging as the number one certification choice for growing number of major paper consumers

    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - The Ontario government's recent announcement
that it will implement a new paper procurement policy with a target for
recycled and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper is a smart and
progressive move that responds to a growing market trend that is gaining
traction in Ontario and across Canada said ForestEthics today.
    "With recent commitments from major paper purchasers like Staples and
Limited Brands, FSC is increasingly becoming the first choice for corporations
and governments concerned about the environmental impact of paper consumption
and with staying relevant in the changing marketplace," said Gillian
McEachern, senior boreal campaigner with ForestEthics.
    She added FSC provides the best assurance to consumers that forests are
managed in a more ecologically and socially responsible manner. Ontario is a
leading jurisdiction for FSC with 30 per cent of its commercial forest FSC
certified, covering an area of 10,671,143 hectares.
    Seventeen unique forest areas have achieved FSC certification for their
forest management practices, and 131 mills and printers have received FSC
chain of custody certificates verifying how FSC wood reaches the consumer.
    FSC is the choice of most conservation groups that promote certification
and of a growing number of responsible businesses, including The Home Depot,
IKEA, Dell Computer, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Gap, Nike, Norm Thompson
Outfitters, Starbucks, The Body Shop and Lowe's.
    ForestEthics and 13 other environmental organizations have identified
environmental priorities for the upcoming provincial election and asked all
political parties about their position on these issues. The protection of the
Boreal forest, including support for FSC certification, is one of the six

For further information:

For further information: Gillian McEachern, senior boreal campaigner
with ForestEthics, (416) 938-6032

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