Sustainable Printing | Imago and FSC®

Who are the FSC?

FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) is the most credible, international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible forest management. Our FSC certification is one of the most important initiatives we have taken to ensure that we can offer sustainable printing solutions for our customers.

FSC have a series of standards and robust systems of certification and on-product labeling, which enable businesses and consumers alike to choose and identify responsibly sourced wood, paper, and other forest products.

Imago first became FSC certified in 2008. We have key control points and processes in place which enable us to ensure a full chain of custody from the tree to final product. As an Imago customer, you can opt for FSC compliant manufacture, we will source FSC certified materials, use FSC certified printing companies and label the product using our unique license code.

Why Choose FSC?

By choosing FSC certified materials, you are ensuring that the wood or paper used in your product is responsibly sourced, from forests that are managed with respect for the environment and for the people who live and work in them, recycled sources, or other controlled sources.

Protecting our forests has become critical in the fight against climate change. FSC maintains high conservation values through its certification standards ensuring certified forests are sustainably managed, harvested trees are replanted and biodiversity protected.

Alongside our ongoing ethical commitments, and our FSC certification dating back to 2008, you can be sure that Imago are committed to the implementation of wider goals set by the FSC:

  • All board, paper, and wood is sourced from certified forests

  • Committed to ensuring that we are not contributing to the deforestation of the world’s forests

  • All FSC certified forests are sustainably managed and the wood legally harvested

  • Human rights and child labour are not being violated in our operations

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A Selection of our FSC Certified Products

How Does it Work?

FSC runs certification schemes for Forests and downstream players in the Timber and Paper Supply Chain, such as paper mills, printers, and publishers.    The certification process is handled by independent Certification Bodies, which assess businesses annually against the FSC Forest Management and Chain of Custody standards.

Certified businesses are awarded a trademark license which authorises them to use the FSC labels on the products they supply.

The FSC Process | What it Means For You

If you are a business or individual looking for sustainable printing and sourcing services, whether it be book production, calendars, stationery or something else, Imago are here to make the process of understanding how to opt for FSC certified products from us as simple as possible.

  1. Get in touch with us regarding your project and let us know that you would like your product to be FSC certified

  2. Imago will liaise with our printers and suppliers and choose who is best placed to provide the FSC certified product

  3. Imago will provide you with a quotation for your project including the supply of FSC certified materials throughout

  4. Either our FSC label is printed on your product, or if your business is FSC certified you can opt to print your own on your product to achieve full chain or custody.

To ensure that the correct sustainable printing processes are put in place and procedures are adhered to throughout all certified projects, three different FSC labels have been created to ensure that your product follows the correct production process and is labelled correctly at the end.

The Labels & Claims


The majority of FSC sustainably printed and sourced items by Imago will be processed and labeled with ‘FSC Mix’. This means that the timber or fibre in the product is a mixture of some/all of the following: virgin timber/fibre from an FSC-certified forest; reclaimed/recycled timber/fibre and/or FSC Controlled Wood.


This means that all the timber or fibre in the product is pre-consumer or post-consumer reclaimed. For wood products produced under the FSC ‘percentage system’, a minimum of 70% of the inputs must be post-consumer reclaimed; there is no threshold for paper products, but all inputs must be verified as reclaimed. FSC Recycled products can also be produced under the FSC ‘credit’ or ‘transfer’ systems.

FSC 100%

Many of the wooden products we produce such as toys, games, and stationery all have the option to be sustainably printed, sourced, and produced in line with ‘FSC 100%’, which contributes to FSC’s forests for all forever objectives. To qualify, 100% of the wood or pulp used in production must be FSC certified. All of the materials used have been sourced from forests that have been checked and audited by an independent third party to confirm they are managed according to FSC’s rigorous social and environmental standards.

Our FSC Certified Products & Services

  • Books (FSC Mix)

  • Envelopes (FSC Mix or FSC Recycled)

  • Toys made with paper (FSC Mix)

  • Games made with paper (FSC Mix)

  • Toys made with Wood (FSC Mix or FSC 100%)

  • Games made with wood (FSC Mix or FSC 100%)

  • Calendars (FSC Mix)

  • Diaries (FSC Mix)

  • Organisers (FSC Mix)

  • Wooden stationery (FSC Mix, FSC 100% or FSC Recycled)

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Other Sustainable Printing Initiatives

Imago are committed to ensuring that sustainable printing, sourcing, and production remains a cornerstone of our business. We work with numerous partners, suppliers, and accreditors to be able to offer our customers the opportunity to bring their products to market in the most environmentally friendly and ethically conscious methods that the industry can possibly offer.

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Imago Publishing

Albury Court, Albury, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 2LP

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Tel:    +44 (0)1844 337000

European Sales (non Latin Countries)
Languages spoken: German, English
Tel :   +44 (0)1844 337028

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