Barbie goes green

Wiles Greenworld the London office supplies distributor has learned that as part of its new environmental commitments, Mattel the maker of Barbie dolls is asking its suppliers to stop using wood fibre from companies “that are known to be involved in deforestation”.

According to Greenpeace, one such company is the notorious Asia Pulp and Paper group (APP), which the campaign group claims is involved in widespread rainforest clearance in Indonesia.

In response to the announcement, Bustar Maitar, head of Greenpeace’s campaign to save the forests of Indonesia, said: “The rainforests of Indonesia should be for species like the Sumatran tiger, not for throw-away toy packaging. That’s why it is such good news that Mattel has developed a new paper buying policy.”

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