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17 December 2018
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We at FM World are dedicated to ensuring that our environmental impact remains as small as possible. Details of the measures that we are taking to achieve this can be found below.

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Paper and printing:

FM World is printed on a woodfree silk paper made from 100% virgin fibre with elemental chlorine free (ECF) pulps, which are sourced from sustainable forests and guaranteed by the internationally recognised FSC chain of custody. The FSC label guarantees that the trees that are harvested towards the production of FM World are replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally. The inks used for printing the magazine are vegetable based, derived from soya and rapeseed.  


FM World’s printer, Pensord, has held accreditations for PEFC and FSC papers, and the ISO14001 Environmental Standard, since 2008. Pensord was also shortlisted in 2010 for the PPA’s (Professional Publishers Association) Environmental Sustainable Business of the Year Award. 


Pensord works with the Carbon Trust in order to effectively reduce energy utilisation and preserve and reserve global resources. In 2009, Pensord became the first specialist magazine printer to join the Two Sides initiative to promote the responsible production and use of print and paper. Pensord is also an active member of the PPA Carbon Footprinting Working Group. In 2012 Pensord achieved zero to landfill and have maintained this and all other environmental accreditations ever since.


Pensord ensures that all activities are carried out in conformance with relevant legislation (example – duty of care certificates obtained from all waste carriers complying with Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005) seeking to minimise waste arising, promote recycling, reduce energy consumption, reduce harmful emissions and, work with suppliers who themselves have sound environmental policies.



The polywrap used to distribute FM World is not biodegradable but it is LDPE 4 recyclable. Many of the UK’s larger supermarkets now offer recycling facilities for LDPE plastics that carry the label with the message ‘recycle with carrier bags at larger stores – not at kerbside’. Some local councils are also beginning to collect carrier bags and other LDPE 4 packaging as part of household recycling schemes.  You can find out more details of how to recycle plastic products here

These supermarkets offer LDPE 4 plastic collection points at larger stores:

  • The Co-operative
  • Waitrose
  • Tesco
  • Asda
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsbury’s

However, we are acutely aware that readers want the least environmentally damaging form of magazine distribution possible, and to this end we check the market routinely to ensure that no newly introduced option is overlooked.

Information from the manufacturers of FM World’s polythene can be found here. If you like you can collect the FM World magazine plastic film and send back to them where it is directly recycled.