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Lyptus?

Posted by 10/12/06

We get tons of questions here at RAN. Here's a good one from Anne, about buying wood floors for her home: I've been looking into what I thought were "green" options for redoing my floors. Specifically, I'm considering FSC-certified Brazilian Cherry or Lyptus. I saw on your web-site, however, that Weyerhaeuser, which has the patent on Lyptus, I believe, is logging in old-growth forests. I'm confused because I thought Lyptus was grown on plantations, but I obviously don't want to support a company that conducts damaging logging practices, even if the particular product I'm purchasing isn't obtained in such a way. Can you tell me please if FSC-certified Brazilian Cherry and Lyptus really are ecological choices for flooring? Thank you for your time and help. Sincerely, Anne Great question! In general, the FSC is a good sign that the products you buy are sourced sustainably. Like any complex standard though...   Read more

Lyptus?

Posted by 10/12/06

We get tons of questions here at RAN. Here's a good one from Anne, about buying wood floors for her home: I've been looking into what I thought were "green" options for redoing my floors. Specifically, I'm considering FSC-certified Brazilian Cherry or Lyptus. I saw on your web-site, however, that Weyerhaeuser, which has the patent on Lyptus, I believe, is logging in old-growth forests. I'm confused because I thought Lyptus was grown on plantations, but I obviously don't want to support a company that conducts damaging logging practices, even if the particular product I'm purchasing isn't obtained in such a way. Can you tell me please if FSC-certified Brazilian Cherry and Lyptus really are ecological choices for flooring? Thank you for your time and help. Sincerely, Anne Great question! In general, the FSC is a good sign that the products you buy are sourced sustainably. Like any complex standard though...   Read more

Bringing Oil and Climate Impacts to Ford Headquarters

Posted by 10/03/06

On Wednesday, September 27, 2006, representatives from oil-impacted communities in Nigeria and Micronesia met with Ford officials to ask the company to sign a pledge to help end America’s oil addiction by building vastly more fuel-efficient vehicles. The community leaders were shocked that not only would they not sign the pledge but that Ford has no plans to set targets for improving fuel economy. Ben Namakin of the Pacific Island of Micronesia explained to Ford that his homeland is sinking under rising sea levels associated with global warming. Research released earlier this week by NASA revealed that human-made greenhouse gases have caused the Earth’s temperature to reach its highest level since the last ice age, 12,000 years ago. The temperature increase has led to the rapid melting of arctic ice caps, which in turn has caused sea levels to rise in the western Pacific Ocean...   Read more

Bringing Oil and Climate Impacts to Ford Headquarters

Posted by 10/03/06

On Wednesday, September 27, 2006, representatives from oil-impacted communities in Nigeria and Micronesia met with Ford officials to ask the company to sign a pledge to help end America’s oil addiction by building...   Read more

Responding to Weyerhaeuser's Spin

Posted by 10/02/06

Recent activities in Seattle and LA and over 2000 letters sent to Quadrant CEO Peter Orser are begining to make an impact. Last week, the company issued...   Read more

Responding to Weyerhaeuser's Spin

Posted by 10/02/06

Recent activities in Seattle and LA and over 2000 letters sent to Quadrant CEO Peter Orser are begining to make an impact. Last week, the company issued...   Read more

Update from Grassy Narrows

Posted by 10/02/06

On July 13 one hundred supporters joined Indigenous mothers and grandmothers from Grassy Narrows in a blockade of the...   Read more

Update from Grassy Narrows

Posted by 10/02/06

On July 13 one hundred supporters joined Indigenous mothers and grandmothers from Grassy Narrows in a blockade of the Trans-Canada highway to slow the destruction of Grassy Narrows’ forests and culture by Weyerhaeuser and Abitibi corporations. Two months later, Chrissy Swain from Grassy Narrows joined RAN interns and activists at the Provincial Legislature to welcome the politicians back to work and to put Grassy Narrows and Boreal Forest issues on the top of their priority list. Here is Christine’s (a.k.a. tripod woman) account of the action: September 25th 2006 I woke up Monday morning in an unfinished house at the Caledonia reclamation site. I was there to transport Chrissy Swain and a few other First Nations activists to the demo at Queen's Park. The group of RAN...  Read more

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