The PrintReleaf Standard outlines the operational, financial, and organizational requirements for members of our network of certified Global Forestry Partners.
We have taken great measure to ensure authenticity, transparency, and security by developing the PrintReleaf Standard, the industry’s first standard for reforesting paper consumption.
About the PrintReleaf Standard
The PrintReleaf Standard, established by leading print and forestry experts, is an open and public document which outlines the minimum requirements to achieve certification as a PrintReleaf Global Forestry Partner as well as the verification process to ensure survivability of all newly planted forests.
Third party audit and verification processes are administered by SGS International. Customers can be certain that the volume and survivability of trees planted by PrintReleaf’s Certified Global Reforestation Partners is accurate and authentic.
Application of The Standard
PrintReleaf measures your company's paper consumption over time, calculating your forest impact.Learn More
100% of your paper consumption is certifiably reforested at global planting projects of your choice.
Over the next eight years, SGS International, our certifying body, performs an audit to verify 100% net survivability of your trees.Learn More
Through PrintReleaf, your paper consumption is measured and trees are automatically reforested across our global network of certified reforestation projects.
PrintReleaf guarantees every sheet of paper a customer consumes will be reforested at a rate of 8,333 sheets of standard letter (8.5 × 11" 20lb paper) or 37.16kg per tree (40ft height × 7in width or 12.192m × 0.1778m).
This open-source formula is widely and generally accepted as the industry standard as established by the Environmental Paper Network. The Environmental Paper Network is a coalition of over one hundred global organizations including the Environmental Defense Fund and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
PrintReleaf certifies the reforestation of each customer’s forest footprint according to the measurement and calculations defined in the PrintReleaf Standard.
When their forest footprint is reforested, customers are issued certificates for trees planted at reforestation projects of their choice.
These certificates serve as living documents which are automatically updated when the trees are planted, audited, and verified survived over an eight year timeline.
Certificates are living documents which are automatically updated.
We have developed a rigorous audit process with our certifying body, SGS International, a leading global forestry auditor with expertise in Chain of Custody (CoC) certification, to uphold and maintain the integrity of the PrintReleaf Standard.
Each reforestation project is audited over an eight year verification timeline to ensure 100% net survivability of trees. From the time of planting through the final audit, customers have transparent visibility on the timing and success of each audit during the entire process.
Certification Comparison: PrintReleaf vs. Chain of Custody Standards
The following chart outlines a description and details of the PrintReleaf Certification standard as well as comparative details for existing conventional Chain of Custody (CoC) certification standards. PrintReleaf Certification provides a guarantee to reforest paper consumption back into the natural environment. Existing Chain of Custody certification provides supply chain assurance and knowledge that paper was made from sustainable sources. PrintReleaf certification may be applied independently of or in combination with CoC Certification.
|Full name||PrintReleaf||Chain of Custody Certification|
|Primary focus||Paper used by printers, print customers, and converters||Chain of custody for lumber and paper|
|Description||Automatically plants trees equivalent to the paper used by printers and converters. Plantings certified by independent agency. Several global reforestation sites available.||Provides supply chain assurance through standards. Encourages the use of wood and paper from certified sustainable forests.|
|Guarantees||PrintReleaf warrants that the paper measured is reforested back into the natural environment. PrintReleaf guarantees an eventual 1:1 replacement of paper:biomass. Net impact is, at minimum, neutral – and often positive.||Generally warrants that certified paper came from a sustainable well-managed source (forest or plantation). Net impact is neutral.|
|Annual certification fees||No||Yes|
|Print job cost premium||1-2% of print job (generally)||2-4% of print job (generally), plus amortization of annual certification cost.1|
|Initial or annual facility audit required||No||Yes, both|
|Time to issue print job logo / certification mark||Zero, on demand||24 to 72 hours|
|Paper Type Application||Any type or stock of paper||Only CoC certified stocks|
|Software to automate operational workflow||Yes||No|
|Growth of global forests||Positive||Neutral|
|Lifetime reforestation certification||Yes||No|
|Personalized selection of reforestation project||Yes||Not applicable|
|Tree survival||Guaranteed||Not applicable|
|Reforestation scope||Global||Global or Regional|
|1 Information sourced from multiple CoC Certified commercial printers.|