PEFC International

PEFC International

by Dunja Hoejenbos

PEFC International

PEFC is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management worldwide. Created by small- and family forest owners in 1999, PEFC has grown to become the world’s largest forest certification system.

Our key programmes:

  • PEFC sustainable forest management standards provide assurance that forests are managed in line with strict international requirements, allowing trees to regrow and helping to maintain biodiversity and the balance of the ecosystem. Forest owners are also required to support the socio-economic development of forest communities.
  • PEFC Chain of Custody certification enables suppliers to track forest-based products from their origin to the final product, monitoring each step of the supply chain. By sourcing PEFC-certified materials for their textiles, packaging or store fitting, brands and retailers support forests and forest communities around the world and contribute to the regeneration of forest ecosystems.

Forests and Fashion: What’s the connection?

Fashion follows the seasonal cycle of nature, and we are all well aware of its environmental impact. As climate change and other environmental issues worsen globally, the fashion industry is looking to partially replace its conventional materials with sustainable alternatives. Sustainably managed forests are part of the solution.

Forest fibres are low-carbon materials which appeal to today’s eco-conscious consumers. Viscose, acetate, lyocell and other forest fibres are already making up about 6% of global textile production.

Provided they are sourced sustainably, the use of wood-based materials helps to preserve and enhance a forest’s ability to capture carbon, whilst also making them more resilient to the effects of climate change. The increased demand for these materials ultimately raises the value of forests and prevents them from being cleared for alternative land uses such as agriculture.

Responsibly sourced forest fibres also meet consumer expectations. It is now widely recognised by the business community that consumers expect brands to be environmentally friendly. According to a recent Nielsen study, 73% of global consumers would change their consumption habits to reduce their impact on the environment.

Immerse yourself in the world of forests and learn how PEFC-certified, sustainably managed forests are part of the solution to transform fashion into a more sustainable industry!

You have a role to play!

Everyone in the value chain has a role to play, and together we can make a difference for the future of the fashion industry, our forests and our world.


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