Are the products you buy connected to the haze?

Supermarkets in Singapore including NTUC FairPrice and Sheng Siong have pulled the plug on the products of haze-linked firms. Here is a look at how some of these companies are connected to the fires in Indonesia and the products they sell.

Where the hot spots are and who owns the land

Haze-causing fires and hotspots are happening across Indonesia on land which is being used for different purposes, including logging concessions, pulpwood concessions and palm oil concessions.

According to Global Forest Watch, run by the Washington-based World Resources Institute, 48 per cent of fire alerts in the Sept 13 to 20 period were outside concession lands, while 45 per cent were reported within pulpwood concessions, 3 per cent in oil palm concessions and 4 per cent inside logging concessions. Read more here.

While information on areas allocated by the Indonesian government to companies for logging is available, details on the location of concession lands under each company are hard to come by.

So far, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), a unit of Indonesia's Sinar Mas group, is the only one that provides detailed information on its website. Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings (APRIL), the second largest pulp and paper company in Indonesia, has made available a fire tracker without providing detailed information about its logging concessions.

APP has said that more than 80 per cent of the fires started outside the concessions held by APP or its suppliers, and spread to their property via wind and transmission in peatland.

Use the timeline below to see how the hot spots have developed since January 2015.

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All 19* APP-related products removed from FairPrice’s shelves

This is the complete list of all 19 products that were withdrawn from FairPrice shelves on Oct 7. These products were sourced from Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) through a local importer, Universal Sovereign. Only two of FairPrice’s 14 housebrand paper products were affected. These 19 products may still be available at Cold Storage, 7-Eleven, Giant and other outlets run by Dairy Farm group, which has stopped replenishing stock but will continue to sell the remaining items.

FairPrice Soft Pack Facial Tissue 2-Ply 4x200S

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FairPrice

PRODUCT NAME

FairPrice Soft Pack Facial Tissue 2-Ply 4x200S

Fairprice Gold Facial Tissue 3-Ply 4x140S

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FairPrice

PRODUCT NAME

FairPrice Gold Facial Tissue 3-Ply 4x140S

Jolly 100% Virgin Pulp Bathroom /Tissue 10S 1.8Kg

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JOLLY

PRODUCT NAME

Jolly 100% Virgin Pulp Bathroom /Tissue 10S 1.8Kg

Nice Soft Pack 2-Ply 4x200S

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NICE

PRODUCT NAME

Nice Soft Pack 2-Ply 4x200S

Nice Soft Pack 2-Ply 4x200S

BRAND

NICE

PRODUCT NAME

Nice Toilet Roll 20x80S

Nice Kitchen Towel 2x60S

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NICE

PRODUCT NAME

Nice Kitchen Towel 2x60S**

Paseo Facial Tissue Box+90S 4x170S

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PASEO

PRODUCT NAME

Paseo Facial Tissue Box+90S 4x170S

Paseo Soft Pack 4x200S

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PASEO

PRODUCT NAME

Paseo Soft Pack 4x200S

Paseo 3-Ply 100% Virgin Pulp Facial Tissue 5x120S

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PASEO

PRODUCT NAME

Paseo 3-Ply 100% Virgin Pulp Facial Tissue 5x120S**

Paseo Soft Pack - Elegant 200S

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PASEO

PRODUCT NAME

Paseo Soft Pack - Elegant 200S**

Paseo Handkerchief Tissue Aloe Vera 10S

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PASEO

PRODUCT NAME

Paseo Handkerchief Tissue Aloe Vera 10S

Paseo Travel Pack Tissue 4x70S

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PASEO

PRODUCT NAME

Paseo Travel Pack Tissue 4x70S**

Paseo Bathroom Tissue 3-Ply 10x200S

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PASEO

PRODUCT NAME

Paseo Bathroom Tissue 3-Ply 10x200S

Paseo Bathroom Tissue 4-Ply 10x200S

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PASEO

PRODUCT NAME

Paseo Bathroom Tissue 4-Ply 10x200S*

Paseo Micro Embossed Bathroom Roll 10x220S

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PASEO

PRODUCT NAME

Paseo Micro Embossed Bathroom Roll 10x220S

Paseo Household Towel 9In 3x70S

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PASEO

PRODUCT NAME

Paseo Household Towel 9In 3x70S

Paseo Mini Wet Wipes 20S

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PASEO

PRODUCT NAME

Paseo Mini Wet Wipes 20S

Paseo Anti-Bac Wet Wipes 20S

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PASEO

PRODUCT NAME

Paseo Anti-Bac Wet Wipes 20S

Jolly Facial Tissue 2-Ply 200S

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JOLLY

PRODUCT NAME

Jolly Facial Tissue 2-Ply 200S

*FairPrice had officially pulled 18 products off its shelves, but The Straits Times has learnt that this product, which is sold only at FairPrice Xtra stores, has also been withdrawn.

**NTUC FairPrice has indicated the image provided is not entirely accurate due to promotional packaging being used at the time.

PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI , NTUC FAIRPRICE WEBSITE, SCREENSHOTS FROM REDMART ONLINE.

Why it matters? Boycotting haze-causing firms

Ernest Luis, ST Digital News Editor speaks with Jessica Lim, ST’s consumer correspondent for a quick overview of NTUC FairPrice’s decision to pull 19 APP-related products from their shelves and what this means for consumers in the long run.

How Indonesia’s forest is turned into your household paper products

Wood from a tree in an Indonesian forest goes through 6 steps before it ends up as tissue paper in your home. ST explains the process.

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This map plots the areas allocated by the Indonesian government to companies for logging. The data was gathered by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and supplied by the Indonesian Forest Ministry. The plots in red indicate the Asia Pulp & Paper group's supplier concessions, with the data obtained through their forest conservation monitoring dashboard.

Data of the hot spots was obtained through Nasa's Firms (Fire Information for Resource Management System) database which pulls archived fire alerts from Jan 1 to Oct 11, 2015. There is a margin of error in determining the accuracy of hot spot locations provided by Nasa, but this is an accepted tool employed by forest watchers globally to monitor the state of the world's forests.

This project is part of an ongoing investigation. More information like company details will be added progressively.

Email online@straitstimes.com if you have information about other companies being investigated and their supplier concessions.

The five other companies being investigated by the NEA are: PT Rimba Hutani Mas, PT Sebangun Bumi Andalas Wood Industries, PT Bumi Sriwijaya Sentosa, PT Wachyuni Mandira and PT Bumi Andalas Permai.