Us and the Environment

The Environment
Opal Envelopes takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously, which includes accreditation to the Forest Stewardship Council A.C. (FSC). We also recognise the need to reduce, isolate and dispose of hazardous waste substances in a properly controlled and certificated manner, and to change to more environmentally and user friendly products wherever possible.

For our standard products, we currently use:

  • 100% water based flexographic printing inks.
  • 100% water based envelope adhesives.
  • 100% recycled buff manilla paper (certified to the Blue Angel standard).
  • White paper sourced from sustainable forests.
  • 80% recycled board in our cartons which, in turn, is 100% recyclable/biodegradable
  • 25% recycled material in our window film, which can be recycled into seed trays etc

All of our wooden pallets can be re-used and all of our paper waste is graded, baled and sent for recycling.

Chain of Custody Policy Statement

Opal Envelopes recognises that business leadership carries a responsibility to the environment and the world’s forests. Opal Envelopes is committed to and fully supports those responsible forest management practices that both protect biodiversity and ecosystem integrity and result in long-term social and economic benefits to human communities.

It is the policy of Opal Envelopes, wherever possible, to purchase paper products produced from forests independently certified as well-managed, with the objective of having as much of Opal Envelopes paper and board products FSC certified as possible, given current market conditions.

Opal Envelopes FSC CertificationAs a company certified by an accredited certification body, Opal Envelopes can offer FSC 100%, FSC Mix and FSC Recycled paper and board, thus giving its customers the freedom to use an environmentally sound substrate of their choice.

Opal Envelopes’s Chain of Custody Procedures will operate in accordance with the requirements of the FSC Standard for Chain of Custody Certification (FSC-STD-40-004 – V2-1).

The person responsible for the co-ordination of FSC at Opal Envelopes is the Production Director.

FSC – 10 Good Reasons

  1. An organisation can commission printing with a clear conscience when they know that the paper being used is sourced from an FSC certified forest. FSC labelled products are made with consideration for people, wildlife and the environment.
  2. The FSC label guarantees that the trees that are harvested are replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally.
  3. Parts of the forest are protected entirely, in order to protect rare animals and plants.
  4. FSC protects the rights of indigenous people. If, for example, they have sacred sites within the forest, these are exempt from felling.
  5. The forest owner must use local workers to run the forest, and provide training, safety equipment and a decent salary. The forest owner is often obliged to support the community in other ways, such as through the development of schools.
  6. FSC is a market-based initiative which also ensures better conditions for the forest and the people whose livelihoods depend on it
  7. FSC gives an assurance that future generations will be able to enjoy the benefits of the forest.
  8. All the wood is tracked from the forest to the end publication. Every link between the forest and the end product is certified to make it clearly identifiable which paper is FSC certified and which is not, which is why it is called ‘Chain of Custody’.
  9. FSC is the only paper certification scheme endorsed by the major environmental charities, including WWF, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and The Woodland Trust
  10. The FSC label is not only available on printed material. It can also be found on floors, decking, wood furniture, charcoal, kitchen utensils etc – actually, anything made from wood!