Forests Destroyed in China's Race to Sell Floors and Furniture
We have discussed the evils of teak, the provenance of bamboo, the question of merbau. The Washington Post has completed a year long investigation following lumber from the Asian forests to IKEA that is a must read for any TreeHugger. Complete with photo essays and great graphics, it describes how "Every day huge volumes of logs, many of them harvested illegally, stream toward Chinese factories where workers churn out products such as furniture and floorboards. These wares are shipped to major retailers like Ikea and Home Depot, and are bought by shoppers with little inkling of the wood's origins."