Paper: Responsibly Sourced

Post Consumer Recycled Materials

Consumers today are choosing to buy from brands they believe are being both socially, ethically and environmentally responsible. Paper is one of the materials that consumers are once again turning to. Innovators committed to developing new products from responsibly/ethically sourced paper as well as recycled paper products that are reaping the rewards for the environment and the bottom line.

At Nugen, we’re always working with companies who are moving forward and committed to developing sustainable products as well as “re-visiting” products that we turned our backs on years ago. Something old, can be new again if we just… “think on it”.

Good News...Paper Is Making A Come Back!

Paper is one of the few products which is sustainably rich. The paper industry is a big, if not one the biggest users of renewable energy, so it makes sense that we continue to innovate paper products.

Recycled paper products have been innovating and refining itself over the many decades since we first began recycling paper in earnest. Today, customers need not compromise on quality, appearance or performance, making way for innovations like the “paper bottle”.  We’re still working on perfecting it, and boy is it exciting!

Collaborating with companies that can help take a historically plastic lip balm component and turn that into a paper component with good barrier properties is what we’re always aiming for. It doesn’t  happen overnight, but with every clamor of the consumer and commitment of brands to find alternative sustainable components we continue to make strides. The race if definitely on, and we aim to win!

The circular economy is dependent on ensuring that we source our paper products responsibly. NuGen is committed to ensuring that our paper products come from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) , the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and/or Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) paper.

If we all focus on bringing new solutions to market that use renewable resources, are responsibly sourced and use post consumer recycled material to manufacture new components, well…we’re a step ahead toward mitigating climate change. Ensuring that our forests and the wildlife that lives in that forest is around for future generations means we need to choose products that are forested responsibly. As Rachel Carson said, “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

Here is what FSC and PEFC tell us about labels you may find on various product you purchase and what the labels mean…to learn more Click The Buttons Below

FSC 100%

All the materials used in products bearing this label are sourced from forests that have been audited by an independent third party to confirm they are managed according to FSC’s rigorous social and environmental standards. Of all the FSC labels, FSC 100% contributes most directly to FSC’s objective—forests for all, forever—and is therefore the highest mark of distinction for certified products.


Products that bear this label have been verified as being made from 100% recycled content (either post-consumer or pre-consumer reclaimed materials). The use of FSC Recycled products can help to alleviate the pressure of demand on sources of virgin material, thereby helping to protect the world’s forests.


Products that bear this label are made using a mixture of materials from FSC-certified forests, recycled materials, and/or FSC controlled wood. While controlled wood is not from FSC certified forests, it mitigates the risk of the material originating from unacceptable sources.