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Big Win: Walt Disney Company Agrees to Major Deal That Will Help Stop Rainforest Destruction

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The Walt Disney Company announced Thursday morning that it has committed to stop using paper that comes from rainforests. The policy, which also includes the company's extensive global network of licensees, marks a significant win for environmentalists who have sought to slow logging in rainforests. The agreement came after two years of negotiations with the San Francisco-based Rainforest Action Network.

Disney is the largest children's book publisher in the world and reaches more than 100 million readers. The company's rainforest commitment will influence the operations of 25,000 factories in more than 100 countries.

"Disney's new paper policy makes clear that rainforests are more valuable left standing than being pulped for paper," Rebecca Tarbotton, executive director of Rainforest Action Network, said in a statement.

The company will no longer be sourcing from controversial Indonesian paper giants Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) and Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings (APRIL). Indonesia is the third largest greenhouse gas emitted, due large to the rampant deforestation occurring in the archipelago nation. 

"Indonesia has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world due, in part, to pulp and paper giants like Asia Pulp and Paper and APRIL," said Lafcadio Cortesi, the Asia Director at Rainforest Action Network. "Disney's commitment will reduce the demand for paper made at the expense of rainforests while creating incentives for improved forest management and green growth."

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