Ancient Forest Friendly™

What is Ancient Forest Friendly?

The Ancient Forest Friendly™ designation is one of the most rigorous paper labels available. Ancient Forest Friendly paper is free of ancient or endangered forest fiber, made with 100% recycled or straw paper, and is whitened without chlorine.

Why did Canopy create the Ancient Forest Friendly Designation?

The ecological benefits of utilizing recycled fiber in lieu of virgin wood fire, include:

  • Conserving water and energy
  • Reducing greenhouse gases and volatile compounds
  • Preventing the degradation of forest ecosystems; and
  • Preventing the loss of forest-dependent biodiversity.

The Ancient Forest Friendly logo represents the highest ecological qualities in the paper industry. To be Ancient Forest Friendly, a paper must be manufactured with a high percentage of recycled fiber or agricultural residue. Any virgin fiber used in the paper must be Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and must not originate from endangered forests. Bleaching must be chlorine free. Ancient Forest Friendly papers conserve intact forest ecosystems and their functions – such as climate stabilization, water regulation and species habitat. Learn more about the science behind the brand.

Why develop an Ancient Forest Friendly paper policy?

With an Ancient Forest Friendly designation, companies leverage the logo and label to publically promote their sustainability commitments and highlight quality ecopapers products.  Learn about annual Canopy’s Ancient Forest Friendly Awards.  

By choosing Ancient Forest Friendly papers, companies can help reduce their carbon footprint as an alternative to virgin forest and other conventional papers, which are a high carbon commodity.

Ancient Forest Friendly paper procurement policies safeguard ancient and endangered forests their biodiversity and ecosystems. These policies also help stimulate the development of ecopapers and a sustainable supply chain.

Find out What’s In Your Paper with the Paper Steps hierarchy.

Ask us about the Ancient Forest Friendly Awards.



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