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Valentino proves that 'green' is the new 'black'

Posted by Richardg — 8 February 2013 at 2:03pm - Comments
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At the start of November, we threw down the gauntlet to 15 top Italian and French luxury fashion brands. We challenged them to clean up their products by agreeing not to use toxic chemicals and to ensure their leather and packaging wasn't causing deforestation.

VIDEO: These boots are made for walking (just not all over the Amazon)

Posted by jamie — 28 October 2011 at 5:50pm - Comments

Remember the photoshoot we staged outside a fashion industry event in Italy? The one reminding companies that make and use leather that the Amazon is not for walking over? Here's a great little video which I neglected to post last week, showing our models strutting their stuff for the rainforest.

Giving deforestation the boot at Italian shoe fair

Posted by jamie — 19 October 2011 at 12:00am - Comments

Italian fashion: stylish and sophisticated, but unfortunately may be linked to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. As cattle ranching is responsible for about 80 per cent of deforestation in Brazil, it is likely that Brazilian shoe leather comes from areas of cleared rainforest. So a team of Greenpeace activists have set up an alternative photoshoot today outside a major industry event in Italy to remind the world's shoe and leather companies that we can't walk all over the Amazon.

Business and government can make swift changes when they want... or are forced to

Posted by John Sauven — 18 October 2010 at 12:22pm - Comments

Jeff Swartz, CEO of Timberland wrote recently in the Harvard Business Review, 'You can tell a lot about how your day is going to unfold by the number of e-mails that are waiting for you ...  On June 1, 2009, they kept coming, and coming, and coming.'

The emails flooding Jeff Swartz's inbox were coming in response to a newly released Greenpeace report about deforestation in the Amazon. The gist of the report was that (a) Brazilian cattle farmers are illegally clear-cutting Amazon rainforests to create pastures, and (b) the leather from their cows might be winding up in shoes - including Timberland's.

Two of Brazil's three biggest cattle companies now back Amazon moratorium

Posted by christian — 17 August 2009 at 2:30pm - Comments

In the latest step forward for our Amazon campaign which began with the publication of Slaughtering the Amazon, Bertin, the world's largest leather exporter, is finally doing the right thing and backing the call for a moratorium on buying cattle from farms responsible for Amazon deforestation.

Slaughtering the Amazon: World Bank withdraws loans from Amazon destroyers

Posted by christian — 18 June 2009 at 10:31am - Comments

slaughtering the amazon cover

Slaughtering the Amazon - Cattle ranching is the primary driver of forest destruction in the Brazilian Amazon, with 79.5 percent of deforested land used for cattle pastures.

Just two weeks after our exposé 'Slaughtering the Amazon' showed how the Brazilian cattle industry is decimating the Amazon rainforest, companies and the World Bank are already beginning to sever their links with the slaughterhouses and farms involved.

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