Rubber tapper in Jurua Extractive Reserve, Amazon, Brazil.

Few can dispute the irreplaceable damage caused to forests from illegal and destructive logging around the world, but what can be done to effectively address the problem and reverse the increasing trend of ancient forest destruction? Greenpeace believes that individual and corporate consumers have the right and responsibility to buy wood and wood-based products which do not contribute to environmental and social degradation. Replacements already exist for virtually every form of wood product from ancient forests, from building construction to product packaging.

Non wood alternatives to ancient forest destruction. The economic value of a forest extends far beyond the value of its timber. Traditionally, indigenous peoples have harvested a wide variety of produce from the forest without having to destroy its ecosystem. Rubber, fibres, fruits, seeds, flowers, nuts and honey are just some of the many examples of non-timber forest products.

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Rubber tapper in Jurua Extractive Reserve

Image | April 1, 2000 at 6:00

Rubber tapper in Jurua Extractive Reserve, Amazon, Brazil.

Clearcutting Canada's temperate rainforest

Image | April 1, 2000 at 6:00

Clearcutting Canada's temperate rainforest in Tofino Creek, Clayoquot Sound.

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