Deforestation is one of the biggest environmental problems of our time. A direct consequence of the mass exploitation of the planet’s forests to meet the needs of intensive farming for the production of wood derivatives is the depletion of our green surfaces, which are essential to life on Earth.
What endangers the health of our forests above all is the production of raw materials, chiefly intensive monocultures such as soy, palm oil, cocoa, meat, and avocado. Alongside the expansion of agriculture, the other large comportment responsible for deforestation is cattle breeding. If we sum these two activities, we get a percentage of 90%, which quantifies the impact they have on large forest spaces on a global scale.
The remaining 10% can be attributed to the production of paper, an industry that for decades has enormously weighed down on the deforestation balance, but which in recent years has brought changes to its supply chain that are more attentive to the environmental footprint.
The United Nations – with the Sustainable Development Goals program that has set the year 2030 as the ultimate deadline by which to solve the planet’s delicate and vital sustainability issues – has dedicated one of its 17 objectives to this aspect. The program has outlined a roadmap that by 2030 should bring us to have fully implemented a responsible use of the earth’s resources and management of our forests.
Magniflex is especially sensitive to this topic and, albeit in a much smaller scale, is proud to contribute to this path that requires everyone’s commitment.
If we take a quick look at some numbers, in 2020 the Company purchased 80% of its total packaging materials from 100% recycled sources. Moreover, in 2021 Magniflex quadrupled the volume of its paper and cardboard materials obtained from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sources, which is a recognition awarded to businesses that actively implement a responsible use of paper in their production.
The FSC trademark attests that the paper used to manufacture boxes comes from responsibly managed sources, as officially stated on the website of the regulatory agency. “The FSC certification mark guarantees that the entire wood-paper supply chain certified for its standards is derived from a management of the planet’s forests that is respectful of the environment, socially useful, and economically sustainable”
The standards that need to be met in forest management according to the FSC chiefly concern the protection of our water streams, banning the use of atrazine, which is the main cause of water pollution, and the protection of long-standing forests, which cannot be cut down, as a testimony of the importance given to forests.
FSC certification is based on 10 principles recognized worldwide and which therefore are not open to interpretation depending on the country where they are applied or the specific interest area. This is meant to establish a universal standard and criteria for the manufacturing process that ensures the finished product is always environmentally sustainable. This testifies to the strong focus on the entire wood-paper supply chain and, above all, on showing tangible respect for the environment.
By enforcing these standards, Magniflex actively contributes to reducing the desertification process in some areas of the planet that are the constant target of heavy deforestation.