FSC and MSC : two labels you should know

MSC and FSC logosIt has been a while since I wanted to introduce you to two different kind of sustainable labels : the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

As you must have guessed, the former is concerning everything that is related to sustainable wood (paper, wooden flooring and other products) while the latter will concern sustainable fish and sea foods…

Of course, these products will be a bit more expensive than plain traditional ones. But this will force you too cut your waste.

These products are the ideal way to go for quality products and neglect quantity.

Here are the mission and vision of the FSC :

Environmentally Appropriate

Environmentally appropriate forest management ensures that the harvest of timber and non-timber products maintains the forest’s biodiversity, productivity, and ecological processes.

Socially Beneficial

Socially beneficial forest management helps both local people and society at large to enjoy long term benefits and also provides strong incentives to local people to sustain the forest resources and adhere to long-term management plans.

Economically Viable

Economically viable forest management means that forest operations are structured and managed so as to be sufficiently profitable, without generating financial profit at the expense of the forest resource, the ecosystem, or affected communities. The tension between the need to generate adequate financial returns and the principles of responsible forest operations can be reduced through efforts to market the full range of forest products and services for their best value.

And here are the vision and mission of the MSC :


Our vision is of the world’s oceans teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations.


Our mission is to use our ecolabel and fishery certification programme to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans by recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, influencing the choices people make when buying seafood, and working with our partners to transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis.


We will:

  • Collaborate with fishers, retailers, processors, consumers and others to drive change forward
  • Never compromise on the environmental standard we set, nor on our independence
  • Continue to lead the world in wild capture fishery certification, with the most trusted, recognised and credible seafood ecolabel.


I hope this post will have given you the willingness to learn out more about these two labels and more importantly, that you will start looking out for them when shopping for wood products and sea food.

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