Toilet paper, paper towels and tissue made out of wood harvested from endangered Indonesian rainforests – which are also incidentally the last habitats for local tigers – has been found at a vast number of stores, supermarkets, schools, hotels and restaurants in the United States.
A report compiled by the WWF lists the names of 20 retailers that are purchasing such products from Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), a company linked to rainforest destruction and habitat reduction. The latter affects Sumatran tigers, orangutans and elephants, all of which are endangered species.
BI-LO, Brookshire Grocery Company, Delhaize Group (owner of Food Lion chain), Harris Teeter, Kmart, Kroger, SUPERVALU, and Weis Market are the 8 of 20 retailers that agreed to end their connection to APP upon being presented with proof of where the products they were buying were coming from.
“We applaud the decision by these companies to remove these products from their stores,” WWF Tiger Campaign leader Jan Vertefeuille says. Still, as always, 12 large retailers still hold on to their contracts, knowing fully well what that implies. Maybe a boycott is in order? See the full list and story here.