Your Cart is Currently Empty
What is a FSC certified toy?
For those who enjoy the authenticity, kindness to the environment (compared to plastic), and long-lasting ability of a wooden toy, you may have been buying these sustainable toys for your children without noticing a term called FSC.
What is FSC? What does it stand for? What does FSC do? Simply what does FSC mean? By understanding the answers to these questions, you would then understand why FSC toys and any products (not just wooden toys) with a FSC certification are something we can all support to ensure we do our part for the environment.
What does FSC stand for and What is FSC?
FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council. FSC is a globally recognised system of certification. It can apply to any products that are manufactured with the use of timber in the world. It’s a voluntarily audited system to ensure the wood that is used for the production is harvested from responsibly harvested forests that are identified with the FSC logo. Products with a FSC logo are considered to have the ‘gold standard’ of forest certification by many environmentally supportive groups (Referred to their official website)
What does FSC do?
FSC is all about sustainable forestry management.
Accordingly FSC, this means, “The process of managing forest to achieve one or more clearly specified objectives of management with regard to the production of a continuous flow of desired forest products and services without undue reduction of its inherent values and future productivity and without undue undesirable effects on the physical and social environment.” (Referred to this article)
There are ten principles and criteria that FSC uses when operating the FSC system, including the consideration of things such as benefits from the forest and environmental impact. (Full list can be found here)
What is a FSC certified toy?
Based on the certification system conducted via FSC, when a wooden toy is FSC certified, it means that the wood that was used to produce the item comes from wood that is responsibly harvested from the forests audited by the FSC council. Wooden toys are already a sustainable toy, considering the use of the materials is from natural resources in opposed to synthetic processed materials such as plastic. However, you would have agreed by now, that if you can find and afford FSC certified wooden toys, it gives you the trust that you are part of a responsible community that is trying to maintain a sustainable planet for our future generations.
What are other alternatives?
It is a general perception that FSC products are a little more costly compared to non-FSC certified products. So, if you want to source alternative sources of wooden toys, what else can you consider?
There is another sustainable type of timber material that our toy suppliers use to create the toys from, called ‘reclaimed wood’. You can read more about what reclaimed wood means in this article here in our blog.
Even if you don’t want to fuss about sourcing a particular toy that is FSC certified or made from reclaimed wood, the thought of you opting for wooden toys over plastic and other synthetic materials would be a big step forward. More and more wooden toy manufacturers are using sustainable wood sources for their toy production. Wood can still be reused and is much more environmentally friendly when it is disposed of.
Our mission to support sustainable goods
We hope you have enjoyed reading this article and have found it useful.
Within our shop, we are working the hardest to lead our store to support products that are environmentally sustainable. We do source many of our wooden toys from a sustainable source already. Our products include both FSC certified and those who were made from reclaimed wood and rubberwood. You can certainly shop with confidence.
Not only are they kind to the environment, but they are also really well made. Our customers certainly can give you that confidence. We aim to source from smaller toy suppliers as opposed to big toy players to support smaller businesses and particularly, UK businesses whenever possible.
Please find our full collection of wooden toys available here.