JAKARTA, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian Pulp and Paper Association criticized the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and Walt Disney for calling global consumer to boycott paper products that are manufactured in Indonesia, media reported here on Wednesday.
Such negative sentiment could be detrimental for domestic pulp and paper industry, which is now proactively supporting legal source of raw materials that are obtained through a sustainable forest management, Indonesian Pulp and Paper Association (APKI) Vice Chairman Rusli Tan Dan was quoted by Bisnis Indonesia as saying.
Indonesian pulp and paper products, moreover, are obtained from plantation forests that had been certified in both mandatory and voluntary. He is worried that the call to boycott domestic pulp and paper products is actually a part of the scenario to snatch Indonesia's growing pulp and paper market.
"Pulp and paper industry has the momentum to lift Indonesia's forestry business, which is generally in the middle of adversity," he said.
Walt Disney has decided to discontinue the use of paper from Indonesia due to tropical forest management issues that are considered illegal. The decision is taken based on the insistence from environmental activists criticizing the source of The Jungle Book's raw materials obtained from Indonesia's forests.
"We are happy that Disney finally agreed to implement policies to stop the supply of paper from Indonesia's forests through Asia Pulp and Paper," RAN Executive Director Rebecca Tarbotton said in the organization's official website.
Up to now, Disney still refuses to use a mix of hardwood from Indonesia's rain forests.