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HarperCollins challenges RAN allegations of tropical fiber found in children’s books

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HarperCollins challenges RAN allegations of tropical fiber found in children’s books

December 14, 2012 - 08:21
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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14, 2012 (RISI) -HarperCollins challenged Rainforest Action Network (RAN) methodology and an advisory that claimed that some of HarperCollins' children's books contain paper harvested from "vulnerable" Indonesian rainforests.

RAN said that a November test of seven HarperCollins' titles found three with "significant" quantities of acacia fiber that is mainly sourced from Indonesian rainforest and trace amount in "several" others. At least one of the books,Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas, was printed before February 2012 when, according to HarperCollins, they began sourcing paper from certified mills.

RAN said that finding acacia in several other books "raises questions about what they mean when they say they switched paper sources and points to a high likelihood that they are still sourcing from APP (Asia Pulp & Paper) and/or APRIL and affiliates."

"We have requested information from RAN including the results of their testing and they have refused to share the information which would help us address their issues," HarperCollins said in a statement.

"We call on RAN to share its data and findings with us so we can address any anomalies in our supply chain if they exist and we are instituting a testing regime with an independent lab to ensure our that our books are meeting our policy goals." A HarperCollins official said APP and APRIL "are not in our supply chain."