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Gucci joins other fashion players in committing to protect rainforests

The Rainforest Action Network announced on November 3 that the Gucci Group--which includes fashion houses Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Balenciaga--has joined a growing list of major companies who are pledging to change their paper policies.

Since the beginning of fall 2009, the Rainforest Action Network has been encouraging fashion industry players to examine their paper supply chains, avoiding suppliers who use resources from endangered rainforests, specifically those in Indonesia.

The Independent (UK)
Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sizing up palm oil

Palm oil is in everything from fuel to cosmetics. Is it a solution or a problem?

It’s lurking, unlabeled, in hundreds of household products from lip gloss to baby formula to potato chips. While it doesn’t sound (and need not be) nefarious, activist groups worldwide argue that the production of palm oil is currently harming rain forests in Southeast Asia, orangutans, and the environment.

But the American Palm Oil Council calls it “nature’s gift to the world.”

So, which is it?

Christian Science Monitor
Monday, November 2, 2009

A Green Victory in the Bag?

Environmental activism against the fashion-bag industry begins to have an impact.

The Big Money
Monday, October 5, 2009

Fashion for glossy, paper shopping bags is ‘destroying rainforest’

They are the must-have accessory for fashion-conscious shoppers who want to be seen carrying home the most exclusive and expensive brands.

But there is a dirty secret behind the glossy paper bags often spotted dangling from the arms of socialites.

Several of Britain’s top fashion brands and makers of luxury goods have been buying these bags from a supplier majority-owned by a company responsible for destroying millions of acres of Indonesian rainforest.

Times Online (UK)
Saturday, September 19, 2009

General Mills Linked to Rainforest Destruction

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Minneapolis ¬– Local food giant General Mills (GIS) came under fire today for its use of unsustainable palm oil, a food commodity strongly linked to rainforest destruction in Southeast Asia, as 42 activists with Rainforest Action Network, Walker Church and other concerned community organizations unfurled a 30 x 70 ft. banner reading “Warning: General Mills Destroys Rainforests” outside of the company’s Minneapolis headquarters building.

Houston Chevron Marathon Marred by Denial of Runners’ Free Speech

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Houston, TX – A team that is running for human rights in Ecuador at this Sunday’s Chevron Houston Marathon was just kicked out of the marathon’s Expo by Chevron Marathon Managing Director Steven Karpas. The runners had paid for a table to distribute “I’m Running for Human Rights” stickers and information about Chevron’s refusal to clean up over 18 billion tons of toxic oil sludge they are responsible for in the Ecuadorean rainforest.

Advocates Run for Human Rights, Ecuadorean Rainforest in Chevron-sponsored Houston Marathon

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Houston, TX- A team of human rights advocates will be running in this weekend’s Chevron Houston marathon to draw attention to the sponsoring oil company’s refusal to take responsibility for one of the largest environmental disasters in human history.

Impending Collapse of Climate Talks Fails World's Forests and People

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Copenhagen – The impending collapse of climate change talks here has dashed hopes that the Copenhagen process could provide real solutions to protect the world’s forests and reduce the approximately 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

World leaders must deliver strong goals and money to make REDD happen

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Funding and targets absent as REDD text moves to ministerial level

Copenhagen - As REDD negotiating text goes to ministers this morning at the Copenhagen climate change talks, two outcomes are possible with several pivotal issues undecided. An agreement to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) could be the strongest global measure ever enacted to protect the world's forests or a deal to incentivize their destruction.

Packaging Supplier to Fashion’s Finest Rejects Rainforest Destruction

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

San Francisco – After a two-month campaign by Rainforest Action Network and pressure from fashion industry leaders, New Hampshire based luxury packaging company PAK 2000 has announced that they will cut all financial ties with their majority shareholder, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), by the end of 2009. Additionally, RAN and PAK 2000 have agreed to work together on developing and implementing a leadership paper policy in the first quarter of 2010.