Monday, August 31, 2009

Check out the Green Grades Report for Paper Products

ForestEthics, a non-profit organization that protects endangered forests and wild places, has issued a Green Grades Report outlining retailers who are using their purchasing power to benefit the environment, selecting FSC-certified paper products, and phasing out paper products that come from endangered forests.

Surprisingly, FedEx Office (aka Kinko's) has the best grade: A-. They avoid using paper from caribou habitat, endangered Indonesian forests, and US South tree plantations. They prefer FSC paper. And they have been encouraging their suppliers to be more responsible.

Other top grades:
- Office Depot: B
- Staples: B-
- Officemax: C

Other retailers:
- Target: D+ (scores above Walmart due to recent policy-making changes that next year will probably improve their ranking)
- Walmart: D+ (has sustainable wood and packaging purchasing but not for paper, including sourcing from endangered international forests)
- Amazon.com: F (no known policies to protect endangered forests or purchase from responsible suppliers; no transparency in their practices)
- Costco: F (no known policies to protect endangered forests or purchase from responsible suppliers; no transparency in their practices)

You can find out more about the destruction in Indonesian Forests at this link from Greenpeace.

And Scholastic has been increasing its use of FSC and recycled paper -- see this story here.

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