Greenpeace Canada

Greenpeace Canada

March 07, 2007 11:04 ET


Aspen Ski Company removes Kimberly-Clark Products From All Facilities and Renames Ski Run to Keep Kleenex from Clearcutting Canada’s Boreal Forest

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor TORONTO/ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 7, 2007) - In a letter released today, Aspen Skiing Company, host to the World Cup ski circuit, notified paper giant Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB) that it has removed the company's tissue products from all Aspen ski mountains, hotels, restaurants. The company also removed all references to the "Kleenex Corner" ski run on Aspen Mountain which has been in place for over 40 years. The decision comes following discussions between the ski resort company and Greenpeace about Kimberly-Clark, manufacturer of Kleenex branded products, and their refusal to end pulp purchases from destructive logging operations in Canada's Boreal Forest.

"We will not consider using any Kimberly-Clark products until the company has committed to not source from endangered forests, dramatically increase its use of recycled fiber, and source from certified sustainable logging operations," said Matthew Hamilton, manager of Community and Environmental Responsibility at Aspen Ski Resorts. "Only when Kimberly-Clark's values are aligned with the Aspen Skiing Company's, will we consider using their products." Current suppliers of pulp to Kimberly-Clark include Vancouver-based West Fraser Timber (TSE:WSF) and Terrace Bay Pulp in northern Ontario.

Aspen Skiing Company owns and manages the world-renowned Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands ski mountains as well as 2 hotels and 15 restaurants in the popular Colorado resort area. More than 1.4 million skiers visit Aspen ski facilities each winter.

"Aspen Skiing Company is joining the more than 700 businesses ranging from universities to cosmetic companies who are showing leadership by pledging not to use Kimberly-Clark products due to the company's irresponsible environmental policies," added Richard Brooks, Greenpeace forest campaign coordinator. "Businesses and the public are realizing they have a role to play in protecting Canada's Boreal Forest and all ancient forests to fight global warming."

Aspen Skiing Company's move is the latest in a series of measures to convince Kimberly-Clark to end their destruction of the Boreal Forest. Last month, Greenpeace activists were arrested at a peaceful protest at the company's Canadian headquarters and the company was exposed in an International Herald Tribune ad in December.
In April, shareholders of Kimberly-Clark will vote on a stockholder resolution urging the company to embrace sustainable forestry practices and the use of recycled fiber.

Stretching from Newfoundland to the Yukon, Canada's Boreal Forest comprises one quarter of the world's remaining intact ancient forests. As the world's largest land-based storehouse of carbon, the Boreal Forest is essential in fighting global warming. The Boreal Forest is also home to woodland caribou and wolverine which are threatened with the loss of their habitat due to logging.

A copy of Aspen Ski Company's letter is available at:

For more information contact:

Richard Brooks, Greenpeace Canada Forest Campaign, (416) 573-7209
Matthew Hamilton, Aspen Ski Resorts: (970) 300-7153
Andrew Male, Greenpeace Canada Communications: (416) 880-2757 IN: ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY, POLITICS

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