Pulp Industry's impact on the climate and our forests

Pulp Industry's impact on the climate and our forests

Friday May 03, 2019

Attention Pulp Industry:

Pulp and paper for publishing, tissue, copy paper, packaging and other sectors are major drivers of Canadian and global primary forest loss, and are crippling international efforts to fight climate change.

Pulp producers and buyers must take the following actions to avoid negatively impacting forests, the people who call them home, and the climate, as well as to mitigate the resulting brand risk:

  • Seek, or confirm your supplier has sought, the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous Peoples for any pulp fiber procured from their traditional lands.
  • Ensure that your pulp sourcing does not negatively affect threatened species’ critical habitat, like boreal caribou ranges in Canada.
  • Commit to significantly increasing recycled fiber use within your tissue products.
  • Commit to greater use of alternative fibers including agricultural residues (e.g. wheat and rice straw,) and crops such as hemp fiber, bamboo, kenaf, and sugar cane.
  • Expand the use of FSC chain-of-custody certified fiber, and in the case of pulp from Canada, ensure your current supply is consistent with the new FSC caribou standards.

Procter and Gamble and their flagship brand, Charmin, should listen to public calls to stop flushing critical Canadian forests down the toilet:

  • More than 140,000 people are calling for Charmin to maximize recycled fiber, expand the use of alternative fibers, and stop sourcing from intact areas of Canada’s boreal forest.
  • 85% of Americans want TP manufacturers to use more environmentally responsible materials and 62% are concerned about toilet paper’s impacts on primary forests.
  • P&G’s leadership have called for its brands to advance sustainability; yet the company uses 0% recycled fiber in Charmin, and is sourcing from controversial suppliers like Resolute Forest Products - a company that uses litigation to silence its critics.
  • Require tissue pulp producers that P&G sources from to commit to, at minimum, leaving 65% of woodland caribou habitat undisturbed in all caribou ranges where they operate, and ideally eliminate any possible connection to caribou habitat.
  • It’s time for P&G to walk its talk and live up to its claims of environmental leadership.

Canada’s Forests Need More Protections and Better Management

  • In the Canadian boreal forest, roughly 1 million acres of forest are clearcut each year.
  • Woodland caribou are an indicator species for the health of Canadian forests: only 14 of 51 herds are on a path to be self-sustaining and in BC (where this conference is being hosted), some mountain caribou herds have gone locally extinct.
  • Many First Nations have also expressed concerns about the negative impact of extractive industries on their traditional lands.
  • In order to effectively stabilize the climate, intact forest landscapes need far greater levels of protection and better management, in partnership with Indigenous Peoples.
  • 30% protected areas by 2030 would position Canada as a true global leader.