Our society causes various toxic pollutants released into the environment in several ways. Chemicals are spread through the production of food, clothing electronics, toys and many more of the things we use in our everyday life. Direct emissions from drains, chimneys or accidents are often relatively easy to fix. The fugitive emissions, however, may be more difficult to access. They come from products throughout their life span, both when used and even when they are disposed of – if not collected so they can be reused. The spread of environmental toxins risks becoming a rapidly growing problem for us and for future generations, if we do not ask for a poison-free society. The Nordic eco label sets tough demands on harmful chemicals. The goal is to create a living that is good for both the environment and human health. Text: Pär Holmgren
To promote an adequate management of forests, providing the assistance required to achieve an environmentally appropriate and economically viable exploitation of natural resources, avoiding deterioration or affectation of such resources, of the ecosystems, or of the surrounding communities.
Environmentally appropriate forest management ensures that the harvest of timber and non-timber products maintains the forest’s biodiversity, productivity, and ecological processes.
Socially beneficial forest management helps both local people and society at large to enjoy long term benefits and also provides strong incentives to local people to sustain the forest resources and adhere to long-term management plans.
Economically viable forest management means that forest operations are structured and managed so as to be sufficiently profitable, without generating financial profit at the expense of the forest resource, the ecosystem, or affected communities. The tension between the need to generate adequate financial returns and the principles of responsible forest operations can be reduced through efforts to market the full range of forest products and services for their best value.