The world’s largest furniture retailer, Ikea, has become the latest high-profile victim of a flawed environmental certification system, after the announcement of the suspension of its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) compliance certificate.
As was reported in the Times newspaper on Sunday 23rd February, the certification was stripped from Swedwood, Ikea’s forestry subsidiary, after inspections at their logging operations in North Karelia, Russia, revealed that areas important for wildlife had been felled for timber. The company has leases to log 700,000 acres. Under the rules of its FSC certification, it is supposed to avoid damage to areas of ‘high conservation value’ forest, and to protect other valuable habitats.
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When five-year-old Charlie Schoonover read a blurb about deforestation in his children’s encyclopaedia, he didn’t simply turn the page. He couldn’t. In fact, he refused to go to sleep that night until his mum, Jenny, had figured out a way to help the rainforests.
The Schoonover family, who are currently based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, engaged into some intensive research that night and the following morning, came across the Rainforest Foundation UK’s (RFUK) website and made a donation.
But Charlie felt he hadn’t done enough to make much of a difference and wanted to think of ways to encourage more people to raise money because “a little bit of money would come up to be a lot”.
CHOOSING ETHICALLY SOURCED CHRISTMAS PUD & MINCE PIES CAN HELP REDUCE THREATS TO RAINFORESTS, SAYS NEW SURVEY
A new survey reveals that a growing number of seasonal foods including Christmas puddings and mince pies now only use palm oil which is produced in way that reduces harm to the world’s rainforests.
Many of the biggest names in Christmas party food including the Co-operative Group, M&S, Premiere Food and Waitrose makers of some of the UK's most popular Christmas puddings and mince pies, have all made a commitment to reduce or only use sustainably sourced palm oil in their products.
In the survey carried out by the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) and Ethical Consumer magazine some of the UK's biggest Christmas party food companies were surveyed on their use of palm oil or its derivatives.