“The Warehouse will suspend all orders relating to this product range pending further information from all related parties,” the Warehouse email said.
A coordinated announcement by the Green Party, Greenpeace and WWF New Zealand that forensic testing had found evidence of tropical hardwood in the toilet tissue, prompted the response.
Greenpeace campaigner Nathan Argent said, “This is great news that The Warehouse has taken the step of suspending all orders of Cottonsoft products. It is clear that they take their role as a responsible company seriously. We look forward to Foodstuffs and Progressive Enterprises following suit and suspending all trade in toilet paper that has come from trashed rainforests.”
Cottonsoft are a subsidiary of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) which has a track record of forest destruction in its processes. APP has already been dropped as a supplier by major companies around the world, including Kraft, Nestle, Unilever, Tesco and Carrefour because of its reliance on rainforest destruction to make pulp and paper products.