Folding carton manufacturer Colbert Packaging receives SFI, FSC chain-of-custody certifications for its operations in Lake Forest, Illinois, and Elkhart, Indiana

CHICAGO , February 9, 2010 (press release) – Colbert Packaging Corporation, a manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid paper boxes and paperboard specialty products, today announced that it has received Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Chain of Custody Certification (NSF-SFICOC-C0038447) from NSF-ISR and Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain of Custody Certification (SCS-COC-003001) from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). NSF-ISR and SCS are accredited by SFI and FSC, respectively, to certify companies to their international standards. Both certifications encompass Colbert operations in Lake Forest, Ill., and Elkhart, Ind., certifying three facilities for meeting strict tracking requirements to ensure that certified paperboard used in these facilities comes from a well-managed forest. The certifications are a key component of Colbert’s sustainability goals.

Chain of Custody is the process of tracking certified paperboard and its wood fiber back to the sourcing forest - through all processing, manufacturing and distribution stages - to verify that the sourcing forest is responsibly managed through harvesting and replanting efforts. Colbert Packaging typically uses virgin solid bleached sulfate paperboard derived from these responsibly managed forests to manufacture paperboard-based packaging products for its customers.

“Our sustainability initiatives are rooted in our timeless commitment to social, environmental and fiscal responsibility, and provide a solid framework for employing good business practices in the quest for a greener world,” said Nancy Colbert MacDougall, chairman of Colbert Packaging. “These certifications are a natural extension of our company-wide sustainability initiatives.”

Jim Hamilton, president of Colbert Packaging, added, “The SFI and FSC Chain of Custody Certifications further our commitment to meeting manufacturers’ and retailers’ demand for sustainability, while ensuring the reduction of nonrenewable resources in our manufacturing operations. Theses certifications were awarded for our ability to track certified paperboard used in our customers’ packaging from a responsible forest all the way to the retail shelf, and in this way, they are also a win for our customers, retailers, consumers and the environment.”

Colbert Packaging received SFI and FSC Chain of Custody Certifications following a rigorous audit of its three facilities in Lake Forest, Ill., and Elkhart, Ind. For more information about Colbert’s commitment to sustainability, visit http://www.colbertpkg.com.

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