All our paper and paperboard is made from trees, a renewable resource.

U.S. Forest Service data shows that the overall amount of wood growth in the states where we get our wood exceeds use. But we believe that renewable means more than just regrowth. It also involves practicing responsible forestry and minimizing environmental impacts. Forests supply us with a source of renewable material for our products while protecting wildlife, soil, and water quality and provide habitat for many species and ecosystems. Read our Case Study on how Evergreen Packaging provides responsibly sourced paper products for all our customers.

Fiber Procurement

We promote responsible forestry, and our third-party certifications verify responsible forestry practices. Our fiber procurement programs are certified to meet the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®) Fiber Sourcing standards. All our North American facilities have chain-of-custody certifications from independent parties such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™), and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®). Our paper products are made from 100% U.S.-sourced wood that can be traced to the district of origin. To procure our wood from responsible sources, we:
  • Work closely with suppliers to make sure certification standards are met.
  • Support logger education and encourage employing trained loggers.
  • Conduct risk assessments in the areas where we source wood and determine low risk of violating standards.
  • Monitor growth vs. removal in areas from which we source.
Learn more about our commitment to sustainable forestry practices through our Fiber Procurement Policy.

To play an active role in certified forestry, we developed the award-winning Evergreen Forest Certification (EFC) program in 2013.

This program works with small landowners to increase the amount of certified forests. We're committed to increasing the use of certified wood and promoting forest certification in our wood procurement areas. We believe this is a best practice to promote the use of responsible forest management practices and a long-term business model for our wood procurement operations.

The Formation and Process of EFC

We realized that we needed more certified forests in our wood basket to increase the availability of certified wood and that a group certification program would be the best way to achieve this goal. Evergreen worked with certifying bodies, forestry consultants, and landowners to implement EFC. Under EFC, we have established a group certification program that meets the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC C112428) and the American Tree Farm System (ATFS).
  • Multiple landowners can be certified under a single EFC-managed group certificate.
  • This is an effective way for landowners to have their forests certified to internationally recognized standards.
  • We cover the cost of the group membership certificates and annual audits under both the FSC and ATFS programs.
  • The EFC team helps landowners develop and implement a forest management plan we can even act as a liaison with other agencies and organizations that provide assistance to landowners.

An Award-winning Program

In 2014, Evergreen Packaging received the American Forest & Paper Association's (AF&PA's) Leadership in Sustainability Award for Sustainable Forest Management for its Certified Success - Evergreen Forest Certification program. To find out more about why Evergreen Packaging promotes responsible forest management practices, get in touch and request a copy of our Sustainable Forestry Brochure. The AMERICAN FOREST & PAPER ASSOCIATION and Sustainability Award Icon trademarks are used with permission of the American Forest & Paper Association.

We are committed to integrating the sustainable growth and harvesting of trees with protection of wildlife, plants, soils, and water.

We demonstrate this dedication to responsible forestry not only on a day-to-day basis, but also by maintaining forestry certifications via third-party audits.

Forestry Certifications

All our North American facilities including our mills and our extrusion coating and converting facilities have independent third-party certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™), and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®).

SFI Fiber Sourcing mandates proactive promotion of logger education and training, best management practices, identification and protection of important habitat elements for wildlife, and prompt reforestation of harvested sites. View our SFI Fiber Sourcing and Certified Sourcing Certificates:
SFI Fiber Sourcing Certificate 01-29-2026
SFI Certified Sourcing Certificate 07-08-2023

Chain of Custody requires that the source of the wood supply be tracked from the forest to the product. Each tract of land must have a land management plan audited by a third party. View our Chain of Custody Certificates:
FSC Certificate 12-29-2022
PEFC Certificate 07-08-2023
SFI Certificate 07-08-2023

Video: Sustainability Story

2020 AF&PA Leadership Award
Evergreen Packaging Wins AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award. Find out more.

2020 FSC Leadership Award
Appalachian Woodlands Alliance including Evergreen Wins 2020 FSC Leadership Award in the Uncommon Partnership category. We’re proud to be a partner of the AWA Smallholder Access Program (SAP).

Find out more about the program.
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Sustainability Certifications
Evergreen Packaging plays an active role in certified forestry. Learn more.