University of Vermont Becomes 11th School to Remove Kimberly-Clark Products Due To Environmentally Destructive Forest Policies

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University of Vermont Becomes 11th School to Remove Kimberly-Clark Products Due To Environmentally Destructive Forest Policies

Schools join over 700 businesses and Greenpeace to demand company action

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The University of Vermont confirmed today the removal of all Kimberly-Clark products from campus, joining 11 other universities and colleges that have removed products from tissue giant Kimberly-Clark (K-C), parent company to Kleenex and Scott brands, because the company sources paper fiber from the North American Boreal forest--one of our last remaining ancient forests.

"The removal of Kimberly-Clark products from UVM is a strong indication that the company is not producing an environmentally sound product," said Lindsey Allen, Greenpeace forest campaigner. "Kimberly-Clark claims to be an environmentally responsible company, but it uses wood pulp that is clearcut from the Boreal to make throwaway products like tissues and toilet paper. Today UVM joined other universities in saying that they will use their purchasing power to demand that Kimberly-Clark use recycled paper and stop wiping away ancient forests for disposable paper products."

Colleges and universities that have participated in the Greenpeace "Kleercut" campaign include: Harvard University, University of Miami, Rice University, American University, Wesleyan University, University of California, Berkeley, and Northern Arizona University.

Additionally, in the U.S. and Canada, 728 businesses have so far pledged to replace Kimberly-Clark products with environmentally friendly alternatives. Less than 17 percent of the pulp that Kimberly-Clark uses comes from recycled sources and many of the company's suppliers of virgin tree fiber, especially in Canada, continue to clearcut ancient forests: habitat for grizzly bears and woodland caribou and essential in the fight against global climate change.

A recent Greenpeace report revealed that Kimberly-Clark devastated Ontario's Kenogami Forest while promoting itself as a leader in environmental and social responsibility. The report, "Cut and Run," uses government information, independent audits, public records, and satellite mapping to document Kimberly-Clark's management and logging of the Kenogami Forest near Thunder Bay, Ontario. It details how, in just 70 years, the Kenogami Forest has been turned from a vast expanse of healthy, near-pristine forest, to a severely damaged landscape rife with social and environmental problems--largely to make products that are used once and then thrown away.

 

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