About | Sustainability

Friesens Commitment to the environment is built around making the best use of all our resources, and minimizing our ecological footprint. We use our resources as carefully as possible – reusing and recycling whatever we can. Any waste that leaves our plant is recycled in such a manner that it can be used again.

At Friesens, it is our intention to protect our employees, customers, community, and natural environment in order to help sustain global human development. We do this by taking steps to prevent or lessen any adverse impact that might result from our operations and products. We regularly evaluate compliance with all environmental law and regulations, and introduce best practice standards throughout our firm. We have long been a steward to our environment, and we will continue to be a leader in environmental stewardship.

Friesens has established a detailed Ancient and Endangered Forest Purchasing Policy. This policy helps provide clear guidelines and implementation measures to fulfill our commitment to being a leader in our industry.

We have also established an extensive Eco-Friendly Paper Stocking Program to promote and encourage the use of eco-friendly papers.



a legacy of green

Did You Know?

Paper facts

  • We use approximately 13,000 tons of paper a year
  • Approximately 90% of that paper is FSC certified
    • Coated paper – 100% of what we use is FSC certified
    • Uncoated paper –  roughly 80% of the paper we use is FSC certified
  • 100% of the paper from the press room, bindery, prepress, and our offices is bailed and recycled. That translates into about 120 truckloads of recycled material leaving our plant every year.
  • Friesens developed an eco calculator for customers to use so they can see the trees, water, and energy saved when using recycled paper

Pressroom facts

  • We use vegetable-based inks
  • We use alcohol-free blanket wash
  • We minimize waste by using reusable rags
  • We use reusable skids
  • We receive our ink in reusable barrels
  • We recycle 267,000 lbs of aluminum plates annually

Other facts

  • Hydro electric power and wind farms provide energy for our plants
  • We were the first FSC certified printing company in Canada
  • We created a waste management system that helps us successfully track our waste and minimize it for the production of your books
  • We eliminated the use of Styrofoam cups and trays in our lunchrooms
  • We participate in our local community recycling program so staff can minimize any garbage going to our landfill



Ancient and Endangered Forests: Friesens is working with not-for-profit Canopy to encourage governments and the forestry sector to support and advance protection of the world’s ancient and endangered forests. We are committed and proud to contribute to the creation of conservation legacies in these landscapes of hope.


Forest hotspots: Friesens is conscious of the impacts of sourcing decisions on endangered species, high conservation value forests, communities and climate, in places like the Boreal and the Broadback Forest, Coastal Temperate Rainforests and Indonesian Rainforests. We are working closely with not-for-profit Canopy on policy implementation to ensure we carefully assess our fibre sourcing to avoid ancient and endangered forest regions.


Second Harvest: Friesens is committed to the conservation of the world’s ancient and endangered forest ecosystems. As part of that commitment, we strongly support the North American commercial scale development of pulp, paper and packaging alternatives that are derived from agricultural residues like wheat straw as a way to diversity the fiber basket and meet our continued need for high quality, cost effective products.

Please visit www.canopyplanet for more information.


Forest Stewardship Council

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The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international certification and labeling system for products that come from responsibly managed forests and other responsible sources.

Friesens was the first Canadian book manufacturer to be an FSC® certified printer.

When you buy products with the FSC® logo, you’re guaranteed your purchase supports healthy forests and strong communities. For all, forever.

Please visit www.fsc.org for more information.


Eco Labeling

Eco labeling

Friesens offers two types of environmental labeling

Eco Audit Labeling

Forest Stewardship Council® Labeling

Promotes forests that have been certified, and the wood fiber in the paper has been tracked from a certified forest to the end user, protecting ancient forests.