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Natural Resources Defense Council
St. Bartholomew's, 325 Park Ave, Room 32, New York, Y 10022
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The Issue with Tissue: How U.S. Tissue Use Affects Forests and the Global Climate

Join the Natural Resources Defense Council for a discussion on how U.S. demand for toilet paper and other throwaway tissue products is fueling rampant logging in the Canadian boreal forest, and how companies can reduce their carbon footprint by reducing their reliance on virgin forests.


  • Mandy Gull, Deputy Grand Chief of Cree Nation Government
  • Mike Altman, Senior Retention Marketing Manager of “Who Gives a Crap” toilet paper
  • Tzeporah Berman, International Program Director,
  • Jeff Wells, Vice President, Audubon Society
  • Shelley Vinyard (moderator), NRDC Boreal Corporate Campaign Manager and co-author of ""The Issue with Tissue""
  • With an introduction by NRDC's Interim President and Chief Counsel, Mitch Bernard.

 The Canadian boreal forest is the largest remaining intact forest in the world, and it is a critical part of the solution to the global climate crisis, storing nearly twice as much carbon as the world’s combined oil reserves. Unfortunately, every minute an area the size of seven NHL hockey rinks is clearcut, endangering wildlife like the boreal caribou and hundreds of migratory songbird species, altering the ways of life for Indigenous communities, and releasing vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, further fueling climate change. Much of this clearcutting goes to feed U.S. demand for single-use tissue products like toilet paper.

In February of this year, NRDC, in partnership with, released “The Issue with Tissue: How Americans are Flushing Forests Down the Toilet,” a report that ranks major U.S. toilet paper brands on their sustainability for forests, and highlights both good actors and solutions for companies looking to improve. Global demand for tissue products is increasing, at the same time as the importance of preserving our forests as nature-based climate solutions grows as well. Focusing on the tissue sector, this panel will address both the markets-based and Indigenous-led mechanisms that will be essential to shaping a sustainable future for forests and the global climate.

This panel will offer perspectives from an Indigenous leader in the Canadian boreal, a well-respected scientist, and one of the report’s co-authors, as well as insights from a tissue producer leading the way and a company that is reducing its own impact on the Canadian boreal with its tissue procurement policy.

This event is part of the Food, Land and Nature-Based Solutions program of Climate Week NYC.