Scandinavian-based home furnishings group Ikea has announced that it will stop selling goods containing timber from virgin forests except those certified by the global Forest Stewardship Council as being managed according to sustainable principles. The phase-out will take effect next September, and will be followed by a second one covering associated products including paper, cardboard and furniture made from reconstituted wood. About 20% of wood used by Ikea currently comes from unknown sources, and a spokesperson told ENDS Daily that a rigorous system would be introduced to trace it back to its origin. "Our long-term goal is to ensure that all our wood and timber products come from certified forests, but that depends on the pace of growth of certification," the spokesperson added. "Only big retailers have the power to shift the market towards sustainable alternatives and Ikea's massive customer base - 150m people worldwide last year - gives it the clout to achieve real change," commented Greenpeace, which is working with the group on developing its timber strategy.
Ikea, +45 49 15 50 00; Greenpeace International, tel: +31 20 523 6222.
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