Eagle-eyed readers of Washington Gardener Magazine may have noticed that in our current issue we have a little symbol that indicates we are now FSC-certified. That means that the Forest Stewardship Council guarantees that the paper we are printed on comes from wood harvested in a certified well-managed forest.
In order to use the FSC logo as an "environmental claim" on paper, the product must have flowed through the FSC "chain-of-custody" from the FSC-certified forest, to a paper manufacturer, merchant, and finally printer who have FSC chain-of-custody certification. That is not an easy process to go through. Our new printers, Mosaic, have done so. Further, they are carbon-neutral (by purchasing wind-generated energy and purchasing reforestation) and use a waterless printing process.
We are still using ChorusArt Gloss Text paper which is 50% recycled - 25% post-consumer content. We also are printed with soy ink. Could you safely eat the magazine? Probably, but we'd prefer you recycle it by passing it on to another local gardener to read.