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Paper Giant Breaks Pledge to End Rainforest Logging in Sumatra, Says Group

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Pulp and paper giant Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) continues to destroy large areas of rainforests and peatlands despite a commitment to end natural forest logging

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Rose Becke (141)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 1:38 am
when will they learn ? thanks Cal

John B (185)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 2:33 am
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Rhett Butler (now there's a name I won't forget). which provided the link to the report (PDF) by Eyes on the Forest. Apparently their pledge was just lip service and nothing more. Read and noted.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 3:55 am
Thanks for this article.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 4:10 am
Noted, thanks.

Christeen A (371)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 4:19 am
I am not surprised.

Gene J (290)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 6:34 am
"APRIL is a subsidiary of Royal Golden Eagle group, a conglomerate that owns palm oil producer Asian Agri and energy company Pacific Oil & Gas, among others. APRIL and its competitor, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), controls more than 80 percent of Indonesia's pulp and paper production. Both companies have been targeted by environmental campaigners for their forest management practices on the island of Sumatra."

First we get the small bit of great news from Guyana, then this monstrous commitment to the death of us all by a company where greed controls and the future of humanity AND the precious indigenous species resident in those forests of Sumatra come in second, by a very large margin. Remember this company's name, please, find out what they make and where they sell it and buy none of it. The best thing that could happen to Sumatra and for the world is for this country to go bankrupt.

Gene J (290)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 6:46 am
"Asia Pacific Resources International Limited manufactures fiber, pulp, and paper. It offers bleached hardwood kraft pulp; office papers for printing and copying tasks; and white papers. The company’s products are used in liquid packaging, printing and writing paper, tissues, shopping bags, food packaging, magazines, and books. It sells its products in Korea, Indonesia, India, Japan, and internationally. The company provides its products through a sales and marketing network. Asia Pacific Resources International Limited was founded in 1993 and is based in Singapore. The company has production facilities in Indonesia and China. Asia Pacific Resources International Limited operates as a subsidiary of RGE Group"

RGE Group is a World Class manufacturer of plastic injection moulded components, injection moulded tooling and plastic design. The RGE group can offer a unique turnkey approach to producing plastic parts that takes a concept, through detailed plastic engineering design, plastic injection moulding tooling design and into mass production.

RGE plastic products include office furniture, components for office chairs, desking, nylon chair bases, structural office chair seats, office chair backs, turnkey office chair kits and a variety of household and electrical industries. RGE has core design and engineering skill in the area of metal to plastic conversion where components have reached a price point and volume that require a steel or die cast aluminium component to be manufactured in plastic. This allows greater design freedom, higher capacity and of course competitive prices by converting to a polymer base design suitable for injection moulding.
Specialties: furniture, injection moulding, injection molding, toolmaker "

What a surprise, a company hidden within another company and from the sound of it, we could be using some of their office furniture right now. This conglomerate appears to have its tentacles intertwined tightly in markets the world over everything from tissue (my Kleenex box says it is made from domestic and imported material) to office furniture. How does one begin to combat such an insidious force? It is exceedingly difficult to track down every component of every product made which leaves us, the world, at the mercy of a "group" that has no humanity in its corporate heart, only the insatiable desire for profit lives there.

Sheila Stevens (50)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 8:36 am
Thanks Cal. It seems that we, as consumers, are caught in the middle.

June M (139)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 9:10 am
thanks for posting the article Cal

pam w (139)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 9:42 am
Sumatra is home to the last remaining Sumatran tigers, elephants and orangutans, along with thousands of other species of plants and animals....all tied together in a fragile, intricate web of connections.

Destroying the forest destroys all life there.

It's a tragedy and a crime of enormous proportions. Sometimes, I wish I believed in KARMA. RGE deserves a terrible fate!

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 9:56 am
Noted & posted. Great comments Gene.

Julie E (405)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 11:50 am
Thanks for the post Cal.

Will it ever stop?

Ruth M (235)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 1:14 pm
This is tragic news

Sheri Schongold (9)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 2:29 pm
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! You expected a big company to keep their commitment to anything but their wallet. This will continue until government puts a stop to it.

Ann B (65)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 4:01 pm
If they keep this up Indonesia will look like Easter Island. God forbid.

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 8:16 pm
I trust no Big Bus. or goverment

Friday December 28, 2012, 2:10 am
So which countries other than Indonesia use this paper? The EU, the USA, UK, China - who? So much of paper used is in the end thrown away. Thirty years ago the IT industry was hailing the advent of "The Paperless Office" and IT companies printed a little message on the bottom of memos and other documents that said "Is this piece of paper really necessary". The concept of the "Paperless office" was methodically trashed by accountants, bureaucrats, lawyers, civil servants and other unimaginative morons who actually saw in computers a way to produce even more sheets of printed paper to be glanced at, filed in an archive eventually destined for the tip. Recently I had yet another envelope of unwanted advertising paper material arrive in the post from a company that ironically, claims to be “Green” and “Environmentally friendly”. I wonder how many gullible morons realise that “environmentally friendly” paper is a contradiction in terms and that includes the “Recycled” variety. (Go and sniff the air around your nearest paper mill if you do not believe me) Open an average newspaper or magazine and ask yourself what percentage of that publication is actually worth a glance let alone worth reading? We have not even arrived at the packaging industry yet! The best way to fight these paper companies is to stop or at least cut down on the paper that every single person uses.

P A (117)
Friday December 28, 2012, 2:22 am
Green star to Bernard C - tried to send one to Gene Jacobson but the computer won't let me yet - and like everyone else I was so 'surprised' when these people with holes for souls at the top of APRL/RGE Group reneged on their word - what a 'surprise'!!!

janet f (29)
Friday December 28, 2012, 6:32 am
This is so not shocking. Sad, but not shocking.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 3:03 pm
Not surprised, they are part of the big corporations that do not care about the planet!
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