paper selection

If a client needs a printed product, we encourage them to use printers and papers that are FSC Certified. There is a misconception that using recycled materials will dramatically increase the price of production. In reality, the price of printing on FSC certified papers is oftentimes similar to conventional virgin fiber paper printing. So what's the big deal? ...and what the heck is the FSC?

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a sustainability watchdog group for the paper production industry (and logging industry as a whole). The FSC website indicates that the Council sets forth principles, criteria, and standards that span economic, social, and environmental concerns for the production of forest products. The FSC is devoted to protecting biodiversity and promoting decent conditions for forestry workers and their communities.

The U.S. is the largest market for paper products in the world, producing 90 million tons of paper annually and, in-turn, consuming about 100 million tons. Despite improved technologies for refining post consumer pulp, virgin fiber is still a significant requirement, as only 35% of current consumption is met by using recycled fiber; in addition, approximately 25% of recovered fiber is exported out of US markets. Roughly 25% by volume of timber cut annually in the US is used for paper production.

While recycled fiber is a key element of the traditional model for responsible consumption, it is becoming increasingly clear that forest management in the production of the wood used in paper manufacturing, has more fundamental importance than even recycled fiber. The use of alternative fibers, chemical treatment and resulting effluence are other factors important to the responsible purchasing of paper and board.

In order to use the FSC logo as an "environmental claim" on paper, the product must have flowed through the FSC "chain-of-custody" from the FSC-certified forest, to a paper manufacturer, merchant, and finally printer who have FSC chain-of-custody certification. To learn more about certification, click here:

Fill-out our contact form for a free estimate specifying the use of FSC Certified paper products.

Local Oregon Resources for FSC Certified Vendors

FSC Certified Printing Companies in Oregon

ADPRINT Company Portland
Apollo Graphics Printing, LLC Portland
B&B Print Source Tigard
Bridgetown Portland
Campa Graphics Inc. Portland
CDS Publications Medford
Cenveo Graphic Arts Center Portland
Core Communications Corvallis
Direct Marketing Solutions Portland
Dynagraphics Inc. Portland
Image Graphics & Litho Inc. Portland
Industrial Publishing Inc. Eugene
Irwin Hodson Co. Portland
Journal Graphics Portland
Leading Media Print Group Forest Grove
Lithtex Printing Solutions Hillsboro
Lowell's Print-Inn, Inc. Portland
Lynx Group, Inc. Salem
Michaels Printing Portland
Mollet Printing, Inc. Portland
Paramount Graphics Inc. Beaverton
Partners on Demand Tualatin
Pep Printing dba Premier Press Portland
PhotoCraft Inc. Portland
Precision Graphics of Oregon Tualatin
Print Graphics Inc. Beaverton
Printing Today Portland
QSL Print Communications Eugene
Rose City Printing & Packaging Portland
RR Donnelley-Portland Portland
Shelton-Turnbull Printers, Inc. Eugene
Stevens Printing Inc. Portland


FSC Certified Paper Merchants in Oregon

Kelly Paper Company Portland
Paccess, LLC Portland
Pacific Paper Trading Company Clackamas
Spicers Paper Gresham
Unisource WorldWide Portland
Tigard OR
Xpedx Eugene


FSC Certified Paper Manufacturers in Oregon

The only Oregon-based Paper Manufacturer with FSC Chain-of-Custody Certification is West Linn Paper Company ( )












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