Study links European car manufacturers to Amazon deforestation

Leather from cattle raised in illegally deforested areas may become car seats for Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, PSA Group and Renault, says a report by Rainforest Foundation Norway.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Through the complex web of international trade that uses illegal products from the Amazon, the European automotive industry probably does not go unscathed. Leather seats of vehicles from car manufacturers such as Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, PSA group (Peugeot, Citroen, Opel) and Renault possibly carry marks of illegal deforestation, difficult to be traced, denounces a report published this Friday, April 16th, by Rainforest Foundation Norway.

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