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Office Depots New Environmental Policy Fails to Protect Endangered Forests

Date : 23rd April 2003, Source : Newsgroup

Office Depots New Environmental Policy Fails to Protect Old Growth and Endangered Forests

Companys Commitment Falls Short of Staples Landmark Policy; Consumer & Citizen Campaign Continues

San Francisco, CA By failing to protect endangered and old growth forests like the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the Amazon, and the Boreal forest of Canada, Office Depots new environmental policy does not reach its goal of true environmental stewardship and leadership in the industry. The clear trend for progressive corporate leaders like Staples, Home Depot, and Kinkos is to commit to phase out of endangered forests. Office Depot will remain far below the environmental leader of the office supply sector, Staples Inc., until it stops buying products that result in the destruction of endangered forests.

The Paper Campaign acknowledges that Office Depots policy does take some steps forward in terms of environmental protection, including a commitment to increase the overall recycled content of its paper to 30% and to move away from suppliers that source from some converted native forests. The conversion of native forests is destroying the American Southeast.

Office Depot has initiated steps to reduce the negative impacts that its suppliers, the timber industry, have on Southern forests and communities, said Jason Halbert of the Dogwood Alliance Board of Directors. But the 'devil is in the details' and this policy falls short in several key areas, most importantly the protection of endangered forests."

Thousands of activists will converge at Office Depot and Office Max stores around the country Thursday to demand that these companies meet or beat Staples environmental commitment, including the protection of endangered forests. Endangered forests is a term used by environmentalists, industry and governments alike to describe the best of whats left of the worlds forests areas critical to wildlife, biodiversity, and native and local communities

Office Depots Earth Day environmental commitment is missing one key factor the protection of the Earth, stated Todd Paglia, Director of The Paper Campaign at ForestEthics. Unlike its rival, Staples, Office Depot plans to continue selling products made from endangered forests around the world, and this is simply not acceptable.

The Paper Campaign, which has included celebrity support from the rock band R.E.M., more than 600 demonstrations at office supply stores nationwide, and tens of thousands of letters and calls, worked with office supply giant Staples Inc to create its landmark environmental policy, which was announced November 12, 2002. The Paper Campaign is a coalition of dozens of citizen groups dedicated to moving large corporate paper purchasers away from endangered forests and towards recycled paper. The coalition is led by San Franciscos ForestEthics and the Dogwood Alliance, based in Asheville, NC.

The Paper Campaign coalition partners include: American Lands Alliance, Cascadia Forest Alliance, Center for a New American Dream, Dogwood Alliance, Earth First!, ForestEthics, Green Corps, Ecopledge, Sierra Student Coalition, Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project, Free the Planet, Heartwood, Native Forest Network, National Forest Protection Alliance, Kentucky Heartwood, Rainforest Action Network, Rainforest Relief, ReThink Paper, Student Environmental Action Coalition, Wild Alabama, Iowa STEP, Shenendoah Ecosystem Defense Group, GrassRoots Recycling Network, Indiana Forest Alliance and many local groups.

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