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Virgin Forests wiped away by Tissue Papers

Virgin Forests or Ancient Forests are the planet's old-growth and original forests. These are catalysts in maintaining environmental systems and are essential for life on Earth and they influence the weather by controlling rainfall and evaporation of water from soil. Further, they help stabilize the world's climate by storing large amounts of carbon that would otherwise contribute to climate change. Moreover, these forests also are home to around two-thirds of the world's land-based species of plants and animals and to millions of forest-based communities and people who depend on them for their survival — economically and spiritually.

According to the World Resources Institute, almost 80% of these Virgin Forests have been degraded or completely destroyed. Much of the loss is due to human industrial uses such as logging for wood and paper products; clearing for agricultural land; and oil, gas, and hydroelectric development. But one of the most critical causes of sacrificing these ancient forests is to produce paper products such as Toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues and paper napkins.

In 2004, Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense Council set their sights on various renowned tissue producers of the world due to their practice of sacrificing virgin forests at the Altar of Blowing and Wiping, particularly as the practice applies to Canada's ancient Boreal forests (represents 25% of the world’s ancient forests). This organization is involved in a campaign called "Kleercut" and its goal is to get consumers involved in pressurizing major Tissue-manufactures to stop this unnecessary, wasteful practice. Keeping this campaign in mind in today’s paperless society, there's no reason that 100% of our needs for toilet paper, facial tissues, paper towels and napkins can't be taken care of by using recycled paper. Paper for such personal use is recycled in a special, sanitary and germ-free process so that it can be used without any cause of concern. There are several “green” brands which manufacture recycled Tissue paper for regular usage and thereby can involve us in washing (and drying) our hands off the plunderers of the planet’s treasures for no good reason.

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