4 Logos Related to Environment-Friendly Paper ... and What They Mean
Green Seal logo
Totally Chlorine Free logo
Processed Chlorine Free logo
3. Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency and is a "voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources," according to the EPA's Web site. The EPA defines green power as "electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources."
Companies that purchase qualifying amounts of green power and meet other program stipulations for particular organizations, products and resources are accepted into the Green Power Partnership and may use the program logo to indicate they offset greenhouse gasses with green power. Use of the logo requires certification by the EPA Green Power Partnership, which includes application and documentation of purchases and a minimum purchase amount.
4. Totally Chlorine Free (TCF)
This certification program is controlled by the Chlorine Free Products Association, an independent, nonprofit accreditation and standard-setting organization. This certification applies to virgin fiber paper and means:
- no chlorine or chlorine compounds were used during manufacturing;
- all virgin fiber components are chain-of-custody certified;
- the mill has no current/pending environmental violations; and
- the mill does not use old growth forests for the virgin pulp.
Product certification requires "comprehensive mill audits by industry experts," and mills are subject to "ongoing testing, inspection and enforcement," according to the Chlorine Free Products Association.
To learn about three more logos being used to indicate more sustainably produced paper stocks, check out the on-demand version of the webinar, "Paper Choices: Postconsumer Recycled, Responsibly Forested and Everything in Between."