Boots and Somerfield accused of 'trashing forests'

Via the Guardian:

Boots and Somerfield accused of ‘trashing forests’

Ed Ewing/ Guardian Unlimited/ Thursday October 18 2007

Two of Britain’s biggest high street chains were today accused by Greenpeace of “trashing forests” after coming bottom of a “green tissue” league table.

Boots and Somerfield came joint bottom of the poll, which measured the eco-friendliness of toilet roll, kitchen towel and tissues in British stores.

The survey of 14 companies ranked firms A to F. Both Somerfield and Boots were graded E and deemed “completely inadequate”.

“Top of the class”, according to Greenpeace, was Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s. Both scored an A grade.

To score well companies must make most of their tissue products from recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper.

Sainsbury’s chief executive, Justin King, said: “I’m really proud that Greenpeace has given Sainsbury’s an A. Earlier this year, we converted our entire range of own-brand tissue, toilet paper and kitchen towel to either FSC or recycled paper.

“With 16 million customers each week, what we do has a real impact. Our move means 76m kitchen rolls, 191m toilet rolls, along with millions of tissues every year will now minimise the negative effects of forest destruction.”


Greenpeace found that Somerfield made none of its tissue products from recycled or FSC-certified paper and had no plans to do so. And the group found Boots had only one recycled product on its shelves – despite a 1992 promise to go forest friendly.

Boots joined the WWF Forest and Trade network in 1992, which committed the company to sourcing wood products from well-managed forests.

A Boots spokesperson said: “Boots is committed to caring for the environment and will continue to purchase materials from well managed, sustainable sources.

“We continue to work very closely with suppliers to ensure wood, and paper materials are obtained through accredited sources such as the Forest Stewardship Council.”

Somerfield was unavailable for comment.

Greenpeace forests campaigner, Mariana Paoli, said: “FSC is the only scheme that can guarantee virgin fibre from well-managed forests. “It is the best internationally recognised forest certification system and is the only system supported by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and World Wide Fund for Nature.”

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