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Textile, Apparel, Footwear & Travel Goods Association in Cambodia

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Garment factories use wood logged illegally from protected areas

According to an investigation by Mongabay, garment factories in Cambodia are fueling their boilers with wood logged illegally from protected areas, such as the Aural Wildlife Sanctuary and the Central Cardamoms National Park in Kampong Speu province.
This protected forest is home to a wealth of biodiversity and one of the best-preserved rainforests in Cambodia. Well, at least it was... until loggers started to (illegally) cut it down to sell the wood to garment factories.
This wood is, then, used by the factories as biomass to boil the water needed to wash, dye, and steam-iron the clothes, or to generate electricity to power various machines.
Previous studies have attempted to estimate how much forest wood is used by Cambodian garment factories. And the results were striking: Garment factories were found to use at least 562 tons of forest wood every day, the equivalent of up to 1,418 hectares of forest being burned each year. Between 2001 and 2019, Cambodia is reported to have lost an estimated 2.7 million hectares of forest through deforestation!!!
When will global fashion brands act on the deforestation that is happening in their supply chains?

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  • Edwin wangombe

    48 w

    It's a shame and should be stopped...these industries should transition to renewable energy immediately

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    • Edwin wangombe

      48 w

      I wonder where these profit hungry companies will sell their products if they destroy the planet..

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      • winnie nguru

        48 w

        Does the government just sit and watch as people destroy the ecosystem and the future of generations? Something needs to done and all responsible held accountable

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        • Sarah Chabane

          48 w

          This is scandalous, and this is why we need ecocide law

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          • We Don't Have Time

            48 w

            Dear Marine Stephan Your climate warning has received over 50 agrees! We have reached out to Textile, Apparel, Footwear & Travel Goods Association in Cambodia by email and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! To reach more people and increase the chance of a response, click the Share button above to share the review on your social accounts. For every new member that joins We Don't Have Time from your network, we will plant a tree and attribute it to you! /Adam, We Don't Have Time

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            • Ajema Lydiah

              48 w

              strict rules should be taken to stop this problem

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              • Elizabeth Gathigia

                48 w

                This has to be stopped, urgent actions are needed in order to save our planet from these kind of destruction

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  48 w

                  This sounds so irresponsible, we must stop thinking about the profit and take responsibility to protect our forests by stopping logging.

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                  • Rashid Kamau

                    48 w

                    This needs to stop,Illegal logging drives deforestation, biodiversity loss and temperature change.

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                    • Munene Mugambi

                      48 w

                      They clearly only care about profits and not about nature

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                    • rosebellendiritu

                      48 w

                      That's a huge number being destroyed each day,it should stop because it will cause alot of damage to our environment

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                      • Grace Njeri

                        48 w

                        @rosebellendiritu Illegal logging amplifies the effects of climate change, it needs to stop.

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                        • Hilda Wangui

                          48 w

                          @grace_njeri_804 with immediate effect

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                          • Jane Wangui

                            46 w

                            @grace_njeri_804 action should be taken

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                          • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                            48 w

                            This is alarming. The German government needs to take action

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                            • Marine Stephan

                              48 w

                              @rukia_ahmed_abdi you mean Cambodia? But yes all governments in the world should adopt legislations to prevent companies to have deforestation in their supply chains

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