Greenpeace activists block Swedish pulp mill wiping critical forests off the face of the earth

Press release - 16 October, 2017
Timrå, 16 October 2017 – Greenpeace Nordic activists have blocked the entrances to a major Swedish pulp mill that supplies Essity, the world’s second-largest tissue producer. Forty activists from seven countries placed a shipping container at the entrance road to the mill, where trucks deliver timber.

Train tracks leading to the mill have also been blocked, as well as the road used for transporting pulp out from the mill. Activists have hung a 15 x 20 metres banner on the mill with a message to Essity: ‘Stop wiping away forests’. Today’s activities are taking place in locations where there is no inconvenience to public traffic.

The SCA Östrand pulp mill in Timrå sources its wood from logging companies that are destroying the last critical forest landscapes in northern Sweden. These areas have been identified by the Swedish authorities as having ‘particularly high ecological preservation values’. 

Today’s peaceful protest, with Greenpeace Nordic activists, follows the release of a Greenpeace International report, Wiping Away the Boreal, which reveals how Essity is driving the destruction of critical parts of Europe’s Great Northern Forest, in Sweden, Finland and Russia. 

Greenpeace Nordic Great Northern Forest project leader, Erika Bjureby said:

“It is insane that Essity is allowing these beautiful and critical areas of forests to be destroyed to make toilet tissue brands. The company needs to stop its pulp suppliers wiping critical forests off the face of the earth or stop doing business with them. We need to stop chopping trees here now, before the Great Northern Forest is logged into pieces.”

Greenpeace has launched an online petition calling on Essity to clean up its supply chain and stop wiping away the forests.

Erika Bjureby added:

“Over 200,000 individuals have already signed the petition to defend the unique parts of the Great Northern Forest. Now Essity needs to hear the voice of the people and their customers: stop logging before the critical forest landscapes Great Northern Forest become so fragmented that the beautiful biodiversity is lost.”

 

ENDS

 

Photo and video:

Images of the critical forest landscapes logged by Essity’s supplier SCA in Jämtland, Sweden: http://act.gp/2g7voek

Images of peaceful protest at the pulp mill: http://act.gp/2ggLs1h

 

Notes to editors:

Report Wiping away the Boreal: http://act.gp/2fo7Hye

Greenpeace petition: www.greatnorthernforest.org/essity

 

Media contacts:

Juha Aromaa, Communications lead for the Great Northern Forest campaign, +358 50 369 6202,

 

Greenpeace International Press Desk, , phone: +31 (0) 20 718 2470 (available 24 hours)

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