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Are Kleenex tissues wiping out forests?

Kimberly-Clark takes heat from Greenpeace and other environmental groups for misleading the public on its sustainability practices
The environmental groups Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense Council say that Kimberly-Clark, the world ‘ s largest tissue manufacturer, has failed to keep its promises to protect ancient forests in Canada . Kimberly-Clark calls itself an environmental leader. But one thing ‘ s evident: Kimberly-Clark ‘ s credibility has taken a hit, and that ‘ s a problem for the $16 billion a year forest products firm. Environmentalists want the company to agree to buy more pulp that is certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). That ‘ s a non-profit group that provides third-party audits of wood and paper products. (Wal-Mart printed its annual report last year on FSC-certified paper, Home Depot has agreed to buy only FSC-certified wood and J.P. Morgan Chase has backed FSC.) Kimberly-Clark says there isn ‘ t enough FSC-certified pulp available to meet its needs, and so it relies on third-party audits from other organizations like the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes





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