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With SFI, CertainTeed embraces sustainability

Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed is making a significant change to its kraft-faced fiberglass insulation by incorporating paper certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

The certification indicates that the kraft paper in CertainTeed insulation products is sourced from responsible forestry practices, helping the company minimize its environmental impact. CertainTeed’s supplier partner, Exopack, earned the certification status from SFI after a comprehensive application process. 

“The selection of kraft paper backed by SFI certification reinforces CertainTeed’s commitment to sustainability in all aspects of a product’s life cycle,” said Paul Valle, president of CertainTeed Insulation. “Fiberglass insulation is green by nature and has been a time-tested solution in boosting energy efficiency. Building professionals and homeowners now have a product that further reduces their impact on the environment.”

To achieve certification to the SFI standard, Exopack had to demonstrate that the majority of fiber used in the production of its product comes from companies certified under the SFI sourcing objectives. Specific procedures must be implemented so the flow of fiber through the manufacturing process is properly tracked and recorded. Regular internal audits, management reviews and annual audits, conducted by an independent organization, are all part of the requirements to maintain certification.