Faith community open letter to Procter & Gamble

Add your name in solidarity with Cincinnati faith leaders to this open-letter calling on Procter & Gamble to change its sourcing practices and protect our forests. 

Dozens of grassroots leaders across North America have worked alongside for over a year to persuade consumer products giant Procter & Gamble to stop flushing our forests down the toilet. The parent company of Charmin toilet paper refuses to stop sourcing a big chunk of their virgin fiber from critical forests in northern Canada, and refuses to add recycled or alternative fiber. Over a million acres of critical Canadian forests are cut down by industrial activity annually. Join us in telling P&G to stop flushing our forests.

"Dear Mr. Taylor, 

We are a coalition of religious leaders across Greater Cincinnati and beyond. As people of faith, and leaders in our city, we write to you on behalf of our current communities and future generations who are currently experiencing the recent upheaval of daily life due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and who will also live to experience another one of the greatest upheavals in our modern era — climate change. While many news stories have been focused on the curious trend of toilet paper disappearing off of store shelves, today, we are writing to draw attention to the environmental and social impacts of your tissue products.

In collaboration with environmental groups and individuals that have been working for more than a year to call on P&G to change its tissue sourcing practices, we reiterate their demands and urge you to stop destroying critical forests for toilet paper by committing to the following:

  1. Boreal caribou habitat: publicly commit to avoid sourcing from Canadian boreal caribou ranges with a 35% or greater disturbance level. 

  2. Reducing virgin forest fiber: reduce P&G’s reliance on virgin forest fiber by 50% by 2025. We recommend replacing virgin fiber with recycled and alternative fiber.  

  3. FSC certification: If you continue to use virgin forest fiber in your tissue products, it must not only be responsibly sourced, but also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which is the only acceptable third-party certification system. You should also commit to working with your Canadian suppliers to get all of their management units FSC certified and in compliance with the new FSC Canada standard in a way that excludes ranges with a 35% or greater disturbance level by June 30, 2020. 

  4. Free prior, and informed consent (FPIC): Commit to source from suppliers that adhere to the practice of obtaining FPIC from Indigenous Peoples, as articulated in the new FSC Canada standard."