FSC: Laminex NZ cer­ti­fied

A com­mit­ment to putting ‘green first’ has seen Laminex New Zealand achieve Forestry Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and a raft of other ini­tia­tives.

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Laminex New Zealand re­cently an­nounced the achieve­ment of For­est Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil (FSC) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion across all three of its man­u­fac­tur­ing sites (Hamil­ton, Pa­pakura and Taupo). This com­ple­ments the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion through­out its branches and dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres achieved in 2012, en­abling FSC cer­ti­fied prod­ucts to be man­u­fac­tured and dis­trib­uted to New Zealand cus­tomers.

Spear­headed un­der the com­pany’s ‘Green First’ ini­tia­tive, it’s part of an on­go­ing pro­gramme of sus­tain­able projects that span the breadth of the busi­ness from re­cy­cling to cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“As sus­tain­able build­ing prac­tice is be­com­ing an ex­pec­ta­tion, an in­creas­ing num­ber of com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial projects are de­mand­ing cer­ti­fied wood-based prod­ucts, ex­plains Rebbecca Page, sus­tain­abil­ity ad­vi­sor.

“Laminex NZ supports the For­est Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil by en­abling con­sumers to make in­formed choices about the for­est prod­ucts they buy, and cre­ate pos­i­tive change by en­gag­ing the power of mar­ket dy­nam­ics.”

This lat­est FSC ac­cred­i­ta­tion joins a num­ber of other ro­bust eco-la­bels held by Laminex NZ, in­clud­ing En­vi­ron­men­tal Choice NZ and ISO14001 (En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Stan­dard). FSC also pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties with the NZ Green Build­ing Coun­cil and its GreenS­tar and HomeS­tar ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­grammes.

Green First is a com­pany-wide sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tive which in­cludes nu­mer­ous pro­grammes of en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­flect­ing the be­lief that ac­tion must fol­low good in­ten­tions and am­bi­tious goals. Laminex NZ con­tin­u­ally de­vel­ops strate­gies that en­able it to move to­ward sus­tain­abil­ity with ef­forts to: • Re­duce en­ergy use through­out the life of its prod­ucts • En­sure ac­tive wa­ter stew­ard­ship • Re­duce carbon emis­sions by op­ti­mis­ing en­ergy us­age in

the pro­duc­tion of its prod­ucts • Work with sup­pli­ers to in­crease re­cy­cled and eco-friendly con­tent in raw ma­te­ri­als, mak­ing manda­tory the use of fi­bres from sus­tain­able forests.

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