The need for standards
Not all recycled papers are equal - some are better for the environment
The problem is that the paper industry has been inseparable from the forestry industry for the last 150 years, and together they have resisted the use of recycled fibre in papermaking
Descriptions such as paper from sustainable
forestry and managed woodlands (which actually
mean continuing the bad old ways) are purely marketing
ploys created to mislead uninformed consumers.
Since the National Association of Paper Merchants (NAPM) abandoned the general use of the ABCD system of categorising the recycled fibre content of papers there has been no coherent systems of standards in the UK, which makes it very difficult for consumers and suppliers to know what the paper really consists of, and therefore its true environmental credentials. The FSC mark has no contribution to make in this, because recycling is not seen as being in the interests of the forestry industry it was set up to protect.