About | Legacy of Green

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.

a legacy of green

Did You Know?

  • Friesens uses only hydro-generated power provided by the Nelson River watershed, a renewable source of clean energy with zero carbon.
  • Friesens hydro-powered plants produce no air pollutants, no toxic waste, and contribute 18-60 times less greenhouse gases than natural gas or coal-fired plants
  • Friesens’ UV web press emits no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Friesens cover boards are FSC® certified and 100% post consumer waste
  • Friesens inks are vegetable based

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.

Green Press Initiative


Friesens is a proud member of the green press initiative, a non-profit program which takes a collaborative approach towards working with publishers, printers, paper manufacturers, and others in the book and newspaper industries to minimize social and environmental impacts. Green Press Initiative is committed to advancing sustainable patterns of production and consumption within the U.S. book and newspaper industries and within the paper industry at large.

Please visit www.greenpressinitiative.org for more information.