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Home & Garden IKEA accused by an NGO of buying illegally cut wood to make its furniture

17:10  19 july  2021
17:10  19 july  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Ikea is accused of using illegally cut timber for making furniture. This is revealed by the EarthSight Environmental NGO report, published on July 15th. denied accusations by the Swedish company.

The environmental NGOs Earthsight published Thursday, July 15 a report in which it revealed that the Swedish furniture giant, Ikea , unlawfully used Russian timber to produce furniture of a certain range. The information was relayed by NBC News , The Moscow Times then Capital . The report reveals that the company would "provided Pine with a group of companies guilty of having illegally killed some four million trees in the forests of Siberia during the last decade ".

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REVEALED: The illegal Russian wood inside Ikea children's furniture

A new Earthsight investigation exposed how Siberia's climate-have-been-critical forests Illegally logged timber & the greenwashed to make popular Ikea products: #IkeaHouseofHorrors https://t.co/qXoMKqZoRg

- EarthSight (@earthsight) JULY 14, 2021

This wood would have been used by several manufacturers based in Indonesia, China or Russia. children's furniture were built with this Siberian pine and sold in Europe and the United States.

Ikea denies the facts leading NGO including ExportLes provider, which is controlled by Yevgeny Bakurov, a politician of the Irkutsk region. According to EarthSight, the companies of this man would be guilty of several violations of environmental and forest laws. This would apply in particular illegal logging of protected forests.

Meanwhile, Ikea denies any wrongdoing. It ensures no longer working with some Bakurov companies since last March. "In no case, Ikea accepts illegal timber" , assured the company in a statement.

Russia, second source of timber for the company

Ikea said to have provided for several years with "of affiliated companies Bakurov" but that the materials had been " formally authorized by the Russian forestry authorities And bought legally. Charges particularly serious that Russia is the second source of wood Ikea.

The country would supply about one million trees each year to the Swedish company, to manufacture his furniture.

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