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IKEA Accused of Logging Old-Growth Forests | Care2 Causes

IKEA Accused of Logging Old-Growth Forests | Care2 Causes

A wholly-owned subsidiary of home furnishings giant IKEA has been accused of destroying rapidly-dwindling old growth forests in Russia. The NGO Protect the Forest accuses IKEA’s Swedwood of clear cutting and logging old-growth trees in the region of Karelia in northern Russia. IKEA claims that it is operating within the standards set by third party certifier Forest Stewardship Council. Unfortunately, it seems that the Russian standards for FSC certification do not ban logging in old-growth areas. Certification Not Enough to Protect “Swedish forests are already impoverished, and now the same thing is happening with the valuable forests in Russian Karelia,” stated Protect the Forest board member Linda Ellegaard Nordström. “The same environmental certification system is used in both Sweden and Russia: the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This is a disaster for the forest bot...

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