WWF campaigns to save forests

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has launched a campaign to help #SaveForests around the world from extinction.

Forests are being erased

Forests are being erased

According to the charity, an area of forest the size of a football pitch is destroyed every two seconds, with tremendous costs to wildlife, people and the planet. Yet, due to ludicrous loopholes and lack of awareness, millions of homes across Europe contain illegal or unsustainable wooden and paper products.

EU regulations were introduced in 2013 to prevent illegally logged wood from entering Europe. However, the rules only apply to half the value of all timber and wooden products imported. For example, empty wooden picture frames, tables and cardboard boxes are included by the regulations, while frames containing pictures, chairs and paper packaging are exempt. The WWF is lobbying the EU to change the legislation when it comes up for review in December 2015 to ensure that it covers all wood and paper items imported into Europe.

However, as legal does not imply sustainable, the WWF is also asking businesses to pledge to only buy sustainably sourced timber and wood based products by 2020.

Sign the petition and find out more about how you can help #SaveForests

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