For the future environment of humans and the nature
What is FSC ® forest certification?
FSC ® (Forest Stewardship Council) forest certification is a well-managed forest certification program. It was established amidst the growing problems of global deforestation, forest degradation, and green purchasing.
FSC ® forest certification consists of “FM (Forest Management) Certification” which certifies proper forest management and “COC (Chain of Custody) Certification” which certifies the proper process and distribution of forest products manufactured from certified forests. Certified products will be given FSC ® logo. With the increasing environmental awareness, increasing numbers of companies and consumers are choosing FSC ® certified products.
FSC ® certification and responsible wood and paper use
Although recycling wood and paper is important, they cannot be reused permanently. We will also continue to exploit forests for wood products. If we can attract more businesses and consumers by increasing the number of FSC® certified products made by COC certified holders in the market, properly managed forests will increase. As a result, you will be able to continue using wood and paper products without leading to the destruction and degradation of forests.
What is bagasse?
After extracting sugar juice or biomass ethanol from sugar canes, a huge amount of residual wastes consisting of stalks and leaves are excreted. This residue is called “bagasse,” and approximately 100 million tons (dry weight equivalent) of bagasse is generated for every 1.2 billion tons of sugar cane produced every year. While part of it is burned in boiler and is used as the power source for producing sugar, the rest is discarded. Because this surplus bagasse is basically plant fiber, it can be turned into pulp that can be used as the raw material for manufacturing paper along with wood.
From sugar cane to bagasse pulp
Environmental benefits of using bagasse
- Utilization of unused resources and recycling of waste -
Bagasse is a by-product of sugar production, and its excess is treated as waste.
- An alternative of wood pulp = Protection of forest resources -
You can reduce the amount of wood used by utilizing bagasse as a raw material for paper.
- No emission of organic chlorine compounds -
Our supplier does not use chlorine in bleaching bagasse.
(= ECF:Elemental Chlorine Free: Chlorine-free bleaching)
- Reduction of CO2, and energy conservation -
At the manufacturing factory of our supplier of bagasse pulp, less energy is required for harvesting, gathering, pick-up, and transportation compared to factories that use wood or non-wood, because the raw material, bagasse, is transported from the neighboring sugar factory by a conveyor belt. It has been estimated that CO2 emission can be reduced by approximately 179kg for every ton of pulp produced this way.