I heard Wal-Mart is no longer selling cypress mulch. Doesn’t that mean the problem is fixed?
Wal-Mart will still sell cypress mulch, but they have committed to no longer accepting cypress mulch that is harvested, bagged, or manufactured in the state of Louisiana. This is a good first step towards securing the Gulf’s endangered cypress forests, but we’ve still got a hike ahead of us. It’s great that Wal-Mart recognized that cypress sustainability is a major concern, but they are only one company, and Louisiana is only one state. Production of cypress mulch will undoubtedly be shifted to other states, like Florida. In Florida, cypress is already being harvested at a faster rate than it can regenerate, and 47% of it is used to produce cypress mulch.[25, 26] Home Depot and Lowe’s have both stated that they will not take from coastal Louisiana, but there is no enforceable mechanism for ensuring that the moratorium is being upheld by their suppliers. Even Wal-Mart cannot be positive that they are not receiving cypress from Louisiana without an independent, third-party certification program. Many of the brands of mulch produced in Louisiana are already with addresses in Florida, Texas, and Arkansas.