Retailers address ethical concerns

Most garden furniture on sale in garden centres is now ethically sourced, Greenpeace says.

Most garden furniture retailers have bowed to pressure from Greenpeace and the public and are now selling “green” products. Greenpeace forest campaigner Belinda Fletcher said many retailers had made “real progress” towards selling garden furniture carrying the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) logo. B&Q, Asda, Tesco, M&S and Wyevale Garden Centres top Greenpeace’s annual garden furniture league table with all of their furniture either FSC certified or coming from forests working towards FSC certification. Wyevale was heavily criticised in last year’s table and was praised for its improvement. But Fletcher said there were still some retailers, including Morrisons and Dobbies, that “continue to sell some garden furniture that could be coming from rainforest destruction”. She also criticised Harrods for not responding and Notcutts for its inadequate reply. Dobbies chief executive James Barnes said: “As far as we can be aware, all of our timber has always come from legal sources. There have been substantial strides to move towards FSC-certified sources.” Notcutts Garden Centres marketing manager Sally Reed said: “We told Greenpeace that our responses were the same as last year. If that’s viewed as not responding adequately then that’s a shame.” She said both the firm’s buyer and its suppliers believed the teak was from ethical plantations.

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