SYDNEY, July 5, 2005 - Environmental groups have applauded Mitsubishi Paper
Mill's new wood-chip buying policy, which rules out sources from old growth
The Japanese company's new policy is to buy only woodchips "sourced from
plantations or second growth forests of environmentally benign, and reclaimed
wood." Mitsubishi is a major customer of Tasmanian woodchip exporter Gunns, and
the new wood-chip buying policy would rule out sourcing woodchips from old
growth Tasmanian forests. Until now most old growth timber from large-scale
clearfelling in Tasmania has been converted to woodchips, largely for export to
"It's a major victory for anyone who doesn't want Tasmania's magnificent,
ancient forests reduced to woodchips and pulp," said Greenpeace Australia
Pacific Campaigns Manager Danny Kennedy.
MPM has informed Greenpeace that its new policy is to buy only woodchips ...