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How Valentine's Day is contributing to the rainforest's decline

How Valentine's Day is contributing to the rainforest's decline

High street shops are selling cards made with illegally and unsustainably sourced wood from tropical rainforests, according to a new report from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

However, thanks to a loophole in EU law - which bans the import of illegally-logged wood - greetings cards, books and musical instruments fall outside the relevant timber regulations.

WWF UK found two items - bought at Card Factory and Clintons - that contained varying amounts of mixed tropical hardwood (MTH), suggesting the fibres originated from natural growth tropical rainforests after testing 20 greetings cards and envelopes from a range of high street retailers.

These results suggest the true cost of our Valentine’s card could be far greater than the price on the wrapping. They may be contributing to the further loss of some of the most valuable forests in the world.

  • Beatrix Richards, WWF
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