Edwards Brothers Inc. Is Now FSC Certified
Edwards Brother Inc., a book and journal manufacturing firm specializing in medium, short and ultra-short runs, has received chain-of-custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for both its Ann Arbor, Mich. and Lillington, N.C. facilities.
FSC certification verifies the source of papers utilized in manufacturing and tracks these certified products throughout the inventory and distribution process. To become certified, companies work with accredited, independent certification agents who evaluate both forest-management activities and chain-of-custody tracking of materials passing through mills, manufacturers and distributors.
“This new certification is part of a larger, ongoing effort at Edwards Brothers to be responsible corporate citizens and to better serve our customers, who are increasingly looking for environmentally sound alternatives,” says President and CEO John Edwards. “FSC certification is another step in our total program to balance cost-effective manufacturing processes while preserving our natural resources. At Edwards Brothers, accountability is sustainability.”
According to the company, it is also in the process of securing Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification; that certification should be complete within two months.
“We’ve actually been an active recycler for over 50 years,” adds Edwards. “Nearly all materials entering our plants leave as finished books; virtually all of the rest is recycled. Our goal is to have less than one percent going to landfills, and we’re nearly there. These certifications, combined with our ongoing company-wide conservation and recycling initiative, demonstrate Edwards Brothers’ long-term commitment to the environment.”