Forests Newsroom

The rainforest paper trail that leads to Tesco; Store sells products from firm accused of environmental destruction

Britain's biggest supermarket group is selling paper products made by a company that is destroying thousands of hectares of Indonesian rainforest and threatening the habitat of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger.
Tesco has continued to buy paper products from Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) after Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer cancelled contracts because of the company's environmental record.

Times of London
Monday, July 5, 2010

In the Battle to Save Forests, Activists Target Corporations

The image of rainforests being torn down by giant bulldozers, felled by chainsaw-wielding loggers, and torched by large-scale developers has never been more fitting: Corporations have today replaced small-scale farmers as the prime drivers of deforestation, a shift that has critical implications for conservation.

Yale 360
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Are Children's Publishers Destroying the Rainforest?

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.

Publisher's Weekly
Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Rainforest Safe Book List Tells Parents How to Go Green for Summer Reading

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

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.

Kids books said to be eco-unfriendly

Crain's New York Business
Monday, May 24, 2010

Gucci's Luxury Packaging Gets a Green(er) Makeover

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

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Report Finds Top Children’s Book Publishers Using Paper Linked to Rainforest Destruction

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Monday, May 24, 2010

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.

Certified logging no match for Indonesia's timber 'mafia'

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.

Agence France Presse
Sunday, May 16, 2010

Rumble in the Jungle: Activists vs Palm Oil

Wake up in the morning. Enjoy a warm, soapy shower. Eat a bowl of cereal, perhaps with soy milk. Dab on some lipstick ...

The Atlantic
Tuesday, May 11, 2010