Do children’s publishers deserve to wear green hats—or black ones? After all, it’s tricky to make good-looking four-color picture books from recycled paper, or affordable ones from virgin paper that is certified as eco-friendly. The cost issue sends publishers to Asia, where paper and materials are cheaper. The problem: printers there may use fiber from Indonesian rainforests.
SAN FRANCISCO ¬– Just in time for summer reading, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has released a list of 25 children’s books that are “rainforest-safe.” All books are printed on post-consumer recycled, FSC certified or recycled paper, allowing parents the assurance of knowing that their childrens’ books are not contributing to the loss of endangered rainforests.
We have been following Rainforest Action Network's (RAN) "Don't Bag Indonesia's Rainforests" campaign since its inception and it continues to reach new heights in the fight against the pulp and paper industry; Over 20 leading fashion brands including Valentino, Versace, and Prada have taken action against deforestation in Indonesian forests--driven by top fashion brands' demand for custom packaging--and now Gucci has kept their word (following their pledge back in November to reduce paper use) and announced yesterday that all of their luxury packaging has been newly designed with FSC Certif
New York – America’s children’s books are contributing to the destruction of endangered rainforests in Indonesia, according to a new report released today by Rainforest Action Network (RAN). The report, entitled Turning the Page on Rainforest Destruction; Children’s Books and the Future of Indonesia’s Rainforests, finds that a majority of the top ten U.S. children’s publishers have released at least one children’s book that tested positive for paper fiber linked to the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests, including some books that describe the benefits of rainforest conservation.
LONG HUBUNG, Indonesia — Dayak tribesman Hanye Jaang didn't know it, but he used to be part of a multi-billion-dollar "mafia" that is ravaging Indonesia's forests and, scientists say, warming the climate.
The wiry 36-year-old still cuts down trees but now he's doing it legally in a way that minimises damage to fragile forest ecosystems.
"I don't have to play hide-and-seek with the forest police anymore. It's safe doing my job now," he told AFP in the jungles of East Kalimantan, or Indonesian Borneo.
Minneapolis, Minn. – Rainforest Action Network (RAN) released the following statement today in response to Cargill’s denial of the evidence presented in our May 4, 2010 report, Cargill’s Problem with Palm Oil: A Burning Threat in Borneo.
“No one wishes more than we do that Cargill wasn’t destroying rainforests. Pictures and maps don’t lie, however.
“We stand by the evidence released in our report that Cargill’s plantations in Indonesia are cutting down rainforests, violating the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and are out of compliance with Indonesian law.”
Wayzata, Minn. - In the wake of a damning report linking Cargill to the destruction of Indonesia's rainforests, activists with Rainforest Action Network occupied the executive offices of the nation's largest private agribusiness company today. Playing a loud recording of chainsaws cutting down rainforests and holding signs reading "This is the sound of your supply chain," and "Mr. Page: Rainforest Destruction Stops with You," five activists locked themselves to the staircase of the Lake Office, blocking the entrance to the company's executive offices for over two hours.