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Battle heating up over paper

April 14, 2011
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WASHINGTON — Paper is the new frontline in the battle between the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), according to Green Source.

ForestEthics, an advocacy group for endangered forests, has recently announced that seven major companies, including five from the Fortune 500, would stop using the SFI label on their paper products, the article stated.

In a press release, ForestEthics said the companies that would stop using the SFI label included Aetna, Allstate, Office Depot and Symantec, the article noted.

"We shifted after learning key distinctions about paper certification practices from environmental organizations, especially ForestEthics," said Allstate Spokeswoman Meghann Dowd.

"We were already using nearly 50 percent FSC-certified paper in our office printers, copiers and fax machines, so the transition has been seamless," Dowd added.

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