Laboratory tests show that several HarperCollins books contain traces of rainforest fiber
According to a new study carried out by environmentalists working with the Rainforest Action Network, several of the children's Christmas books rolled out by Harper Collins must be linked to deforestations in India.The greenheads who looked into this issue argue that their main goal was that of keeping parents who wished to buy books as Christmas presents for their kids from making the terrible mistake of unknowingly supporting the destruction of natural habitats in Indonesia.
Thus, they want people to know that, according to the laboratory tests carried out by specialists working with this organization, the paper used to print “Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas” and several other Christmas stories contains traces of rainforest fiber.
Mongabay quotes Robin Averbeck, a campaigner working with said organization, who supposedly made a case of how, “No child or parent should become an unwitting participant in rainforest destruction this holiday season.”
“It is past time for HarperCollins to sever ties with Indonesian rainforest destroyers APP and APRIL and join its peers like Scholastic, Hachette, and Disney by adopting a comprehensive global paper policy to keep deforestation, tiger extinction and human rights abuses out of its books,” she went on to add.
For those unaware, APP and APRIL are two major pulp and paper suppliers presently held accountable for destroying vast areas of natural forest in Indonesia.
Commenting on these findings, a spokesperson for HarperCollins argued that the company had severed all links to Indonesian fiber back in February, and that the company does not rely on either APP or APRIL to provide any of its raw materials.
What is interesting is that, according to Environmental Leader, HarperCollins asked that the Rainforest Action Network share with them any information they obtained whilst carrying out the study, so that they could see to it that their supply chain was cleared of any suspicions.
However, the environmentalists declined their request.