Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Greenpeace and a sustainable leather sourcing policy

It is reported deforestation in the Amazon Rainforestcontinues at an alarming pace. One of the main commercial reasons for denuding the forrest is not for the timber alone but ground clearance for cattle ranching. Brazil has a thriving cattle industry, supplying beef and leather. Greenpeace released the findings of a detailed undercover investigation into Brazil’s cattle industry and named many well known footwear companies that were using leather sourced from recently deforested areas. Nike were quick to respond and announced they were working with Greenpeace to develop a sustainable leather sourcing policy. This week a number of other companies have followed suit, announcing a moratorium on Amazonian leather from recently deforested areas.

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