Lowe’s goes green – Two woods already banned

Environmental groups are hailing the decision by Lowe’s Cos. to quit stocking wood from endangered forests, the Wall Street Journal reported August 8.

The Wilkesboro, N.C. – based home improvement company will also give preference to wood that is independently certified as coming from forests managed in an environmentally responsible way.

“It will cause a massive restructuring in how these [lumber] companies behave,” Michael Brune, old-growth campaign director at the Rainforest Action Network, told the Journal.

Lowe’s will immediately stop purchasing wood from the Great Bear Rain Forest in British Columbia, one of the world’s largest old-growth temperate rain forest. A ban will also go into effect against dowels made from ramin in Indonesia, where illegal logging has led to a decline in the native orangutan population.

Officials at the home improvement retailer said their decision was based on customer demand for environmentally friendly wood, rather than pressure to keep up with competitor Home Depot. Home Depot pledged last August to stop buying wood from “environmentally sensitive areas” by 2002.

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