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Declare war on toilet paper

February 09, 2012
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WASHINGTON — The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is alleging that toilet paper use is wiping out forests used by tigers, elephants, orangutans and other wildlife, according to CNN.

The WWF released a report Wednesday stating that a major paper supplier from Indonesia is clear-cutting sensitive wildlife habitats and has targeted a major U.S. distributor, urging them to stop buying from that source, the article stated.

"We found that two brands sold in the U.S. — Paseo and Livi — are made with paper from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), which is responsible for more forest destruction in Sumatra than any other single company," the WWF report stated.

"Paseo is a retail brand of toilet paper, paper towels, napkins and facial tissue, and it is now the fastest growing brand of toilet paper in the U.S., according to its marketer," the report added.

According to the article, the distributor, Oasis Brands, hasn''t responded directly to the accusation, but has defended APP, while also saying it wants to work with grocery chains to set up a system of monitoring the sustainability of its tissue products.

APP''s forest management operations in Indonesia are not certified as sustainable by any credible third party, the article noted.

The group also noted that in recent months, eight large retailers have decided to stop carrying APP tissue products, the article added.

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