Our sustainable rezemo coffee capsules consist mainly of wood that comes from sustainable forestry in southern German forests. This has now also been independently certified by PEFC. In this article we explain why we have decided to have our coffee capsules PEFC certified and what the PEFC seal stands for.

PEFC - More than just a seal

Uncontrolled deforestation in forests worldwide poses a threat to our ecosystem. This is why the PEFC organization has been working for sustainable and transparent forestry since 1999. PEFC stands for the English "Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes". Translated into German, it means "Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes". In principle, a product is only awarded the PEFC seal once its entire value chain has been checked for certain standards. This ensures that PEFC-certified products protect the forest and thus the environment at all times.

What does it mean when a product bears the PEFC seal?

Through products bearing the PEFC seal, consumers can support sustainable forestry on an ecological, economic and social basis. Firstly, the controlled cultivation and extraction of wood ensures that the renewable raw material is not exploited and that the forest is preserved as a natural habitat. In this way, biodiversity can be protected and CO2 emissions can be better compensated. Social standards, such as the observance of human rights, occupational safety and other workers' rights are also united under the PEFC seal. This means that each and every one of us can make a difference with our consumption. Therefore we use rezemo regional woods from the very beginning and now, through the PEFC certification, we additionally show our Transparency across the entire value chain our Coffee capsules across the entire value chain.

Forest in the sunshine

© PEFC Germany

How does certification with the PEFC seal work?

If a company manufactures products from wood, paper or recycled materials, it qualifies for the PEFC label. To do so, it must disclose its entire value-added chain and thus prove exactly where the materials used come from, whether only PEFC-certified products are used in processing and whether certain social standards are observed. For example, care is taken to ensure that raw materials are only obtained from PEFC-certified forests or other controlled sources. This actively counteracts above all overexploitation and the illegal destruction of protected forest areas. This contributes significantly to the protection of our forests as existential ecosystems of our planet. On the basis of strict guidelines, independent organisations carry out the controls and even after obtaining the PEFC seal, the company is audited at least once a year. This ensures that the set standards are maintained in the long term.

PEFC certified forest with sign

© PEFC Germany

PEFC and rezemo

Our coffee capsules are mostly made of wood, which comes from regional forestssuch as from the Swabian Alb. However, no forests are cut down for our products, because we use residual products such as sawdust and wood shavings from sawmills and process these into our capsules. In this way, we do not have to chemically process the wood, we do not have to cut down trees and we create an additional value-added stage for this great natural material. The origin of the wood we use from sustainable forestry to protect our ecosystems is now also officially verified by PEFC.

rezemo coffee capsules are based on the raw materials wood chips and PLA.

PEFC for the Future

PEFC has already sustainably managed more than 265 million hectares of forest internationally, making it the leading organization in this field. The greater the demand for wood becomes, the more important PEFC's work becomes. Precisely because wood, a renewable resource, holds great promise for the future, it is important to create clear standards for sustainability. By certifying our coffee capsules, we are therefore not only showing transparency, but also actively supporting the preservation of our forests and biodiversity worldwide. Here you can find more information about PEFC.

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