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In pictures: the Great Northern Forest – beauty and destruction

Posted by Angela Glienicke - 28th September 2017


We have just launched a campaign showing how Essity, a Swedish tissue producer of well-known brands like Velvet and Cushelle, is linked to the destruction of parts of the Great Northern Forest. The tissue giant uses pulp from mills that are supplied by logging companies which clearcut some of Sweden’s last remaining old-growth forests, wiping away habitats of threatened species and endangering the livelihood of indigenous communities.

The Great Northern Forest is an area that stretches from the northwest of Canada through Sweden and Finland all the way to the Pacific coast of Russia. It is a unique ecosystem rich in biodiversity that has been standing tall for thousands of years. The pictures below from Sweden and Finland give you a glimpse of the forest’s beauty and the threat it faces. Let’s make sure forests like these don’t end up in our loo rolls – sign the petition now!

Greenpeace is documenting forest and forestry activities in the Swedish part of the Great Northern Forest. Biodiversity is under threat by the expansion of logging companies into critical forest landscapes.


A brown bear wanders in the Swedish part of the Great Northern Forest.


An aerial view shows logging operations in the forest between Våle and Revsund in Jämtland. The forest is owned by SCA, a former sister company of paper giant Essity. Essity buys wood pulp from SCA, which ends up in loo rolls from Velvet and Cushelle.


Logs can be seen in a forest area owned by logging company SCA, a former sister company of tissue giant Essity. Essity buys the wood pulp from SCA, using it in paper products like Cushelle and Velvet.


Two squirrels climb on a tree in the Swedish part of the Great Northern Forest.


Logging operations can be seen in SCA-owned forest between Våle and Revsund in Jämtland.
Essity buys large quantities of wood pulp from former sister company SCA, using it in loo rolls like Velvet and Cushelle.


View of a forest between Bräcke and Ånge in Jämtland in Sweden.


Newly-logged SCA forest can be seen between Bräcke and Ånge in Jämtland in Sweden. The pulp is bought by tissue giant Essity and ends up in loo rolls like Velvet and Cushelle.


Aerial view of clear cut forest in the Swedish part of the Great Northern Forest.


A white-tailed sea eagle spreads its wings in the Swedish part of the Great Northern Forest.


Greenpeace activists protest against Essity, demanding that they ‘stop wiping away the forests’. Essity is the world’s second-largest tissue producer. The company uses pulp from suppliers that source wood from critical forest landscapes in the Great Northern Forest.


A moose can be seen in the Swedish part of the Great Northern Forest.


A view of Oulujärvi (The Oulu lake) islands in central Finland, municipality of Vaala, in the border of Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu regions. This state-owned pine dominated old-growth forest is marked for logging by state forestry company Metsähallitus. Metsähallitus supplies mills from which tissue giant Essity sources its wood pulp.


An aerial view over Oulujärvi (the Oulu lake) islands in central Finland, municipality of Vaala, along the border of Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu regions. Metsähallitus, the Finnish state-owned company, plans to log this pine dominated old-growth forest. The islands on the fourth biggest lake in Finland are part of UNESCO Geopark and National Hiking Area, and also belong to the Natura 2000 network.

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