Your floor may be made of illegal tropical wood

U.S. consumers may unwittingly be fueling illegal logging in Papua New Guinea’s tropical forests simply by shopping at furniture stores and home improvement retailers like The Home Depot. A two-year investigation by Global Witness, an international non-profit exposing injustice and environmental destruction, has tracked the 9,000-mile journey of timber from the South Pacific nation, where illegal logging is rampant, through Chinese factories to retail shelves in the U.S. The report says companies are not doing enough to ensure the wood they’re selling is legal.