Why we manufacture accredited PEFC packaging…

At Lil Packaging, we want to be green. We want to practice sustainable business. Most of all, we want to ensure you can do both as well, which is why we have ensured that we always try and manufacture accredited PEFC packaging.  Below you’ll find a guide to what being PEFC accredited actually means!

We manufacture PEFC packaging because…

The PEFC or “Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification” has spent almost 20 years promoting Sustainable Forest Management and creating a strong framework for the protection of the world’s forests and at the same time promoting a strong global timber market.

As the world’s largest forest certification system, PEFC remains the certification system of choice for small, non-industrial private forests, with hundreds of thousands of family forest owners certified to comply with our internationally recognised Sustainability Benchmark.

PEFC Logs (Not the wooden kind…)

PEFC emphasises a ‘bottom-up’ approach, whereby national certification systems are developed independently and come together under the umbrella of PEFC. Over 35 national schemes are endorsed by PEFC. To date, more than 16,000 companies have obtained PEFC Chain of Custody certification, offering tens of thousands of PEFC-certified products globally (including our PEFC packaging!)

The forest ecosystem is highly complex, and influenced by numerous external factors. Similarly, different forest types in different regions of the world require different sustainable management strategies. This means that criteria for sustainable forest management must be constantly adapted to new circumstances. They must reflect the national context and the specific ecological and environmental conditions, as well as social, economic, political, cultural and spiritual dimensions.

PEFC’s Programme:

  • Sets robust standards and realistic criteria for sustainable forest management at a global level that enjoy acceptance by stakeholders around the world, and that are continuously updated to incorporate new knowledge, best practices and changing expectations.
  • Is flexible enough to reflect the specific national circumstances as elaborated with input from all interested parties at local level, yet is also in compliance with international requirements.
  • Is accessible, viable and affordable not only to multinational corporations managing large areas of natural forests and plantations, but also to the millions of small family and community-forest owners for which forests represent an important part of their livelihoods.

National schemes need to prove compliance with PEFC’s Sustainability Benchmarks, globally recognized principles, guidelines and criteria developed by international and inter-governmental bodies with broad consensus from interested stakeholders. These processes are ongoing and are supplemented by additional requirements developed through multi-stakeholder processes facilitated by PEFC.

By requiring that local stakeholders be involved in both standard-setting and decision-making on a scheme before it can be endorsed, PEFC ensures that standards are adapted to meet local cultural, socio-economic, physical, biological, climatic, and geopolitical realities while at the same time meeting internationally-recognized benchmarks for sustainable forest management.

This diversity over and above the international benchmark is to be celebrated. It is one of the strengths of PEFC reflecting reality and avoiding homogeneity and straight-jacketing into an inflexible, rigid and dictatorial ‘one standard fits’ all. This is a unique approach and one pioneered by PEFC (which is particularly useful for the widely varying PEFC packaging world.)

Principles & Objectives

PEFC UK Ltd has adopted the definition of sustainable forest management (SFM) initially developed by Forest Europe in 1993 and subsequently adopted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations:

“The stewardship and use of forests and forest land in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfil now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions at local, national and global levels and does not cause damage to other ecosystems.”

The organisation is committed to the following guiding principles:

  • Quality – Through the stringency of criteria for technical and professional competencies with which to operate the Scheme.
  • Continuous Improvement – Through response to new knowledge and changes in demands.
  • Consistency – With internationally recognised indicators and performance criteria of credible forest certification standards, schemes, and of the certification process itself.
  • Use and promotion of the UK Woodland Assurance Standard – As the criteria and indicators for verification of sustainable forest management in the UK.
  • Credibility – Through third party, independent auditing carried out by certification bodies accredited by UKAS or other accreditation bodies operating to internationally accepted ISO standards and guidelines.
  • Transparency – Of all stages of both the certification standard and the certification scheme
  • Accountability to, and participation with – The UK and wider forestry and timber using communities and stakeholders.
  • Cost effectiveness – Through minimising the administrative and financial burden to the scheme’s customers.
  • Accessibility – Via the UK Woodland Assurance Standard and the PEFC Council Chain of Custody Standard – to a range of certification options to all forest and wood using types, ownerships and structures.