Office-supplies giant Staples Inc. has ended their relationship with Asia Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd. (APP). Staples sourced over 9 percent of its total paper supply from APP, and is the latest of large paper sellers worldwide, including Office Depot Inc., to stop buying from this paper company because of its poor environmental practices. WWF, along with businesses and many other conservation organizations, believe that APP is destroying natural rainforest and contributing heavily to climate change in order to feed its mills.
Staples' decision to end their contracts with APP is a direct response to a concerted WWF campaign led by Borneo and Sumatra priority place leader Adam Tomasek and his WWF-Indonesia counterpart, Nazir Foead. WWF worked closely with the Forest Stewardship Council - the world's premier certification program for environmentally and socially responsible wood products - to bar APP from using the FSC label on its products.
Despite APP's attempts to portray itself as environmentally friendly, they continue to damage the environment. A recent WWF investigative report revealed that APP and its affiliates are in the process of constructing a large road for logging vehicles in a forested peat swamp.The road will cut an enormous swath through one of Sumatra's last remaining large forest blocks, home to endangered elephants, tigers and orangutans, as well as two indigenous tribes. Indonesia is currently the third largest contributor of carbon dioxide worldwide due to illegal and unsustainable forest management practices.
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