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May 15, 2023

Does Eco-Friendly Paper Come With A Heftier Price Tag?

In truth, the price difference between normal paper and FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) certified paper varies depending on several factors, such as the type and quality of the paper, the supplier, and the region.

Generally speaking, FSC® certified paper can be slightly more expensive than non-certified paper, as the production process requires additional steps to ensure that the wood used comes from responsibly managed forests.

The additional steps in the production process for FSC® certified paper includes:

  1. Forest Management: FSC® certification requires that forests are managed in a responsible and sustainable way1, which might involve increased costs for the forest owners and operators.
  2. Chain of Custody: FSC® certification requires that the chain of custody is maintained throughout the entire supply chain from forest to end user2. This requires additional tracking and documentation, which can add to the cost of production.
  3. Auditing: To make sure that the requirements for chain of custody and forest management are being met, FSC® certification needs routine auditing. These auditing fees may increase the price of the final product3.It’s important to note that while the cost of FSC® certified paper may shift depending on market factors, the environmental and social benefits of using FSC® certified paper remain the same. By choosing FSC® certified paper, individuals and organisations can support responsible forest management practices and contribute to the conservation of natural resources.

In February 2021, The Institute of Policy Studies revealed that Singaporeans have become more environmentally conscious. Three-fifths of those surveyed felt that protecting the environment should be prioritised even if it results in slower economic growth and some job losses. This was a jump from 43% in 20124.

As the leading paper and material supplier in Singapore, OVOL Singapore holds the accolade of being the first paper supplier in Singapore to receive FSC® certification and is dedicated to ensuring that its clients extend their sustainable practices to their printed materials.

OVOL currently procures a comprehensive line of FSC® certified papers across various grades and finishes including packaging materials and fancy papers. One of the best seller from our fancy ranges is Venus. With unique shade and delicate coating, it is suitable for use in all printing and visual communication needs – be it for catalogues, brochures, calendars, greeting cards, coffee table books, inserts and many more.

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OVOL Singapore is FSC® certified (License Code: FSC C015534).