Ecolabels and certificates help customers make sustainable choices

Determined efforts in product stewardship make us the world’s largest producer of EU ecolabelled newsprint, graphic and office papers. In addition to ecolabels, all our businesses have FSC® and PEFCTM chain of custody certification.

We have ambitious targets for ecolabelling and certification

Today, most UPM products are certified with widely recognised ecolabels, such as the EU Ecolabel and The German Blue Angel label. 

Determined efforts in product stewardship make us the world’s largest producer of EU ecolabelled newsprint, graphic and office papers. We offer approximately 200 EU ecolabelled paper products from 15 paper mills in Austria, Finland, France, Germany and the UK.

In addition to ecolabels, all our businesses have FSC® and PEFCTM chain of custody certification, which verifies the origin of the wood and guarantees that all wood used in our products is legally harvested from sustainably managed forests and does not come from controversial sources.

84% (2015) of the wood used in the UPM mills is certified. In 2015, 77% of UPM’s overall sales of paper, chemical pulp, plywood and timber products was ecolabelled. This figure includes FSC, PEFC and EU Ecolabels, and national ecolabels.

Why ecolabels and certifications?

Ecolabels support customers in their choices and provide essential information for stakeholders. 

Third-party-verified environmental certifications and labels are a way of proving and communicating the environmental quality of our products and solutions.

Certificate Finder

UPM’s Certificate Finder search tool allows you to find certificates and position statements according to business and certificate categories.

Ecolabels and certificates

The majority of UPM’s production sites are covered by certified environmental, quality and occupational health and safety systems. UPM products have been granted several ecolabels.

EU Ecolabel - all in one

The EU Ecolabel is continuously evolving. UPM has been active in developing new criteria for converted paper products. Watch a video about how the EU Ecolabel helps you to make informed choices.

Our ecolabels and certifications 

The EU Ecolabel helps identify products that have a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle – from the extraction of raw materials to production, use and disposal. The EU Ecolabel is continuously evolving. UPM has been active in developing new criteria for converted paper products.

The German Blue Angel is the world’s oldest ecolabel, created in 1978. It focuses on examining a product’s impact on the climate, resources, water, soil and air. 

The Nordic Ecolabel evaluates a product’s environmental impact throughout its whole life cycle – from sourcing to the end product.

FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Its principles and criteria provide a global foundation for all forest management standards.

PEFCTM (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) is an umbrella organisation for the mutual recognition of national or regional forest certification schemes, which meet internationally recognised requirements for sustainable forest management. PEFC includes forest certification, chain of custody and product labelling, and requires independent third-party verification. PEFC members are national or regional forest certification schemes based on inter-governmental processes for sustainable forest management around the world. 

The SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) standard is based on principles and measures that promote sustainable forest management and take into account all forest values. It includes chain-of-custody certification and on-product labels.

The Austrian ecolabel provides consumers with guidance in choosing products or services that are least hazardous to the environment or health.

The China Green Label aims to help the public identify environmentally friendly products that meet certain eco-standards.

All the certificates can be found using the Certificate Finder.


Scope of the environmental labels offered by UPM

​LabelRecovered fibre use​​Wood raw material​Chemicals​Energy use​Emissions​Waste management
​EU Ecolabel 1)​xx​​xx​x​x​
​Nordic Ecolabel 2)​xx​x​x​x​x​
​Austrian Ecolabel​xx​x​x​x​x​
​German Blue Angel​xx​x​
FSC®​xx​
PEFCTM​xx​
1) No EU Ecolabel criteria available for label paper or industrial packaging paper.​  
2) UPM has Nordic Ecolabel Inspection status for its Kaukas, Kaipola, Kymi, Jämsänkoski (SC), Rauma, Nordland, and Plattling paper mills as well as for UPM pulp mills.​ ​ ​ ​ ​

 

From upmbiofore.com
Apr 29 2015

CASE PRODUCTS: Hamelin Group adopts EU Ecolabel for converted paper products

Hamelin Group was the first UPM customer to adopt the EU Ecolabel for a wide range of its stationery products, such as notebooks and envelopes.