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Publishing>> Rainforests • Indonesia

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

David GilberThe international publishing giant HarperCollins has been accused by a conservation group of using materials sourced from Indonesia’s endangered rainforests. Independent forensic fibre tests commissioned by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) showed that some of HarperCollins’ children’s books were printed with rainforest fibre.

Robin Averbeck, a forest campaigner at RAN, called on HarperCollins not to do business with Asia Pacific Resources International and Asia Pulp and Paper Co Ltd — Indonesian paper firms blacklisted by green groups for destroying rainforests. “HarperCollins is the sole major US publisher remaining who has not made a firm commitment to stop doing business with them,” RAN spokesperson Laurel Sutherlin said. HarperCollins claims it does not source paper from Indonesia.

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