BIG fish has always supported good stewardship to our planet. Continually seeking ways to reduce our footprint and ways to update our business model at each location. Our flagship location in Clearwater FL provides Chain-of-Custody Tri-Certified SFI, FSC, PEFC, and committed to printing made from eco-friendly raw materials, along with leading environmental affiliations and programs.
Green Business Certified
Green Business Bureau – The GBB offers a unique, tailored practice of green initiatives based on an assessment of each businesses green involvement. Through exclusive partnerships, Eco‐Consultants provided by the GBB offers certification with on-site training, ongoing support for the certification process, and in‐person verification of green initiatives, which is a key factor for the strength of the GBB program. Working alongside environmental experts, the GBB team conducted extensive research to design programs of initiatives specifically targeted to yield the highest environmenttal impact. The goal is to maximize the benefits for businesses and for the environment. From a financial and productivity standpoint, it makes sense for businesses to follow a strategic path toward eco‐efficiency. The GBB’s program of green initiatives is constantly evolving and we encourage other business to participate, and become part of an ongoing green initiative to protect our environment.
Our Chain-of Custody Tri-Certification – SFI, FSC, PEFC
Our Clearwater FL location is Chain-Of-Custody Tri-Certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) – the leading national and global forest protection agencies. Thier commitment to supply environmentally responsible materials is a priority, and our reporting and certifications offer comprehensive environmental programs that benefit our customers and community”.
Key in obtaining Tri-Certification is our ability to organize and document manufacturing processes while in production with certified products. We have implemented strict operational practices beginning with procurement, through printing then shipping, that ensures the Chain of Custody is persevered. Additionally, the Clearwater FL location undergoes annual testing, audits and reporting to fully comply with all FSC, SFI and PEFC requirements to maintain our certification and ongoing commitment to responsible forestry.
Chain-Of-Custody (or COc) provides a credible link between responsible forest management and consumption. Once a forest is certified it is important to be able to trace the products that come from it throughout the supply chain to ensure that any claims on the origin of the product are credible and verifiable.
COc certification is the process and tracking system that allows manufacturers to demonstrate that timber comes from a forest that is responsibly managed. It tracks the flow of certified wood through the supply chain and across borders through each successive stage – including processing, transformation and manufacturing – all the way to the final product.
Why Specify Chain-of-Custody Certified Paper?
Forests provide us with clean water, fresh air … they also provide food, medicine and important natural resources, such as timber and paper. If managed responsibly, forests and plantations benefit people – both people dependent on forests and the global community at large.
However, in some countries as much as 80% of the timber is harvested illegally, often involving the violation of human rights and destruction of protected forests. A key factor behind the threats faced by natural forests is the perception by many societies that they lack economic value. The extraordinary social and environmental value of forests in comparison to other land uses is often not considered. In other words, forests are often converted to other land uses which lack many of the social and environmental values of forest but promise higher economic returns.
The use of certified products supports and ensures the forests are managed with the highest social and environmental criteria available. Your environmental choice to specify certified paper has a direct and permanent positive impact on the world’s forests and the people living from, in and around the forest. Using certified paper and printing the certified logo is an effective way to let businesses recognize your environmental responsible practices.
About The Chain-of-Custody Forest Protection Agencies
About The SFI – Sustainable Forestry Initiative – SFI is an independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. They work with conservation groups, local communities.
About The FSC – Forest Stewardship Council – FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
About The PEFC – Program For The Endorsement Of Forest Certification Schemes – PEFC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization, founded in 1999.
We Print With SOY Inks
Soy ink is naturally low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds, chemical compounds that evaporate and react to sunlight) and its usage can reduce emissions causing air pollution. Soybean oil comes from a renewable source: soybeans. Soybean agriculture uses only 0.5 percent of the total energy needed to produce soy ink. Almost half of all soybeans produced in America needs no irrigation. As soybeans are growing they temporarily remove damaging carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere
2000 Trees Planted And Counting, And Over 102,300 Tress Saved! …
Through Our Go Green Print Better® Partnership
And Eco Industry Affiliations
With your support, every year you can help re-populate through your Go Green Print Better ® partnership with BIG Fish. Our industry affiliations includes tree preservation that’s saved over 102,300 tress. Tree conservation is one of our passions, and we’re excited to share this program with our customers and friends.