ikeaFlat-pack giant Ikea…which made global profits of £2.7billion last year…has had a forestry stewardship certificate suspended after it was revealed the furniture chain has been felling 600-year-old trees from protected woodlands. The Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes the responsible management of the world’s woodlands, says the wood Ikea cuts from forests in Karelia, Russia, isn’t being harvested sustainably. Swedwood, the Swedish firm’s forestry subsidiary, has been refused certification by the international not for-profit organisation for its Karelia operation until action is taken. Swedwood has leases to log 700,000 acres provided it avoids old trees and does not clear steep slopes, which erode without tree cover. It appears responsible forest management only occurs when there are ‘eyes’ on you! The worst of it is, you could be erecting a bookcase or wardrobe made from 600-year-old tree. How sick is that? And if you don’t think its sick, then I’m afraid you are sick!



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