IKEA sourcing wood from old-growth Romanian forests, Greenpeace report says

By Radu Dumitrescu
April 10, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ROMANIA — An investigation published by environmental NGO Greenpeace claims to show that furniture manufacturers producing for IKEA are sourcing wood from some of Europe’s last remaining old-growth forests in the Romanian Carpathians, including in Natura 2000 protected areas. Seven manufacturers producing IKEA’s products are linked to the destruction of high-conservation value forests, according to the investigation. …At least 30 different products from these suppliers were reportedly found in IKEA stores in 13 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. …The non-profit also mentions that just 2.4% of the Romanian Carpathian forests are currently protected against logging. …In an official response to Euronews Romania, IKEA confirmed that it works with the mentioned companies and that the only requirement it imposes is for the wood to be either recycled or approved by the Forest Stewardship Council.

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