Kimberly-Clark Gains FSC Certification for Tissue/Towel Products

Aug. 14, 2009 - Kimberly-Clark Professional said that it has received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification for a broad range of tissue and towel products.

According to FSC-US president Corey Brinkema, K-C is the first away-from-home tissue products provider in North America to receive this distinction.

"Kimberly-Clark is the first tissue company in North America to seek and obtain FSC chain-of-custody certification," said Brinkema.

The certification applies to a variety of Kimberly-Clark Professional tissue products marketed under the Kleenex and Scott brand names for the away-from-home market. The products will feature the FSC label on their packaging starting in September 2009, K-C said.

The FSC label certifies that the wood fiber used to make the products comes from well-managed FSC-certified forests or from post-consumer recycled fiber, the company added.

FSC chain of custody procedures provide a link between the forest where the fiber originated and the product into which it is manufactured. Possession and transfer of wood fiber from the FSC-certified forest are tracked through every stage of manufacture, K-C noted.

"FSC standards are globally recognized as the highest social and environmental standards in forestry," said Richard Thorne, vice president of Kimberly-Clark Professional North America. "This certification enables us to support forest stewardship as well as continue to provide a wide range of sustainable product choices for our customers."

SOURCE: Kimberly-Clark Professional

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