Two Certifications Extend Sustainability Initiatives at Colbert Packaging Corp.

Colbert Packaging Corp. (Lake Forest, IL) has received Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certifications following a rigorous audit of three facilities. These two new certifications encompass Colbert’s operations in Lake Forest, IL, and Elkhart, IN, certifying three facilities for meeting strict tracking requirements to ensure that certified paperboard used in these facilities comes from a well-managed forest. The certifications are a key component of Colbert’s sustainability goals.

“Our sustainability initiatives are rooted in our timeless commitment to social, environmental, and fiscal responsibility, and provide a solid framework for employing good business practices in the quest for a greener world,” says Nancy Colbert MacDougall, chairman, Colbert Packaging. “These certifications are a natural extension of our company-wide sustainability initiatives.”

Colbert received the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Chain of Custody Certification (NSF-SFICOC-C0038447) from NSF-ISR and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification (SCS-COC-003001) from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). NSF-ISR is accredited by Sustainable Forestry Initiative and SCS is accredited by Forest Stewardship Council to certify companies to their international standards.

Chain of Custody is the process of tracking certified paperboard and its wood fiber back to the sourcing forest — through all processing, manufacturing, and distribution stages — to verify that the sourcing forest is responsibly managed through harvesting and replanting efforts. Colbert Packaging typically uses virgin solid bleached sulfate paperboard derived from these responsibly managed forests to manufacture paperboard-based packaging products for its customers.

“The SFI and FSC Chain of Custody Certifications further our commitment to meeting manufacturers’ and retailers’ demand for sustainability, while ensuring the reduction of nonrenewable resources in our manufacturing operations,” says Jim Hamilton, president, Colbert Packaging. “Theses certifications were awarded for our ability to track certified paperboard used in our customers’ packaging from a responsible forest all the way to the retail shelf, and in this way, they are also a win for our customers, retailers, consumers and the environment.”


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