Big food brands plastic fuels climate crises, 2021-09-29

On September 14th Greenpeace USA released a new report exposing that single-use plastic is linked to the world's largest Big Oil companies, like ExxonMobil, Shell, and Chevron. Every multinational food company, like Nestlé, Mondelēz, and Unilever buys packaging from manufacturers supplied with plastic resin or petrochemicals by one of the Big Oil companies. Nestlé and other consumer goods companies claim to tackle plastic pollution but they are working alongside the fossil fuel industry to perpetuate the big lie: that we can recycle our way out of the plastic crisis. Only two percent of the plastic waste ever created is recycled in any circular sense of the word. According to industry, plastic production could triple by 2050 if there is no ban on single-use plastics. This would increase global emissions from the plastic life cycle by over 50 percent on 2019 levels by 2030, equivalent to nearly 300 coal-fired power plants - locking the world into catastrophic emissions levels and a planet warmed beyond saving. Millions of people across the globe are taking action against big corporations to demand they end their reliance on single-use plastics - signing petitions, engaging local businesses, and working in their communities to build a future based on reuse. Tell big consumer brands, like Coca-Cola, Pepsi Co., and Nestlé, to stop fueling the climate crisis by breaking free from fossil fuels and investing in reuse and refill solutions.


Plastic-free Walmart for real, 2021-08-25

About 100 billion plastic bags are used in the U.S. each year. Walmart recently announced to get rid of plastic bags. Until now it is not clear what will replace the plastic bags. Walmart has announced its partnership with "Beyond the Bag", an initiative working to explore reusable options. Consumers should not hesitate to use reusable items. Reusable items do not pose a higher risk of transmission of the coronavirus and are perfectly safe for use during the crisis. The Shopping for Plastic 2021 ranking by Greenpeace shows that Walmart is not doing enough to reduce its plastic footprint. Instead of getting serious about reducing its truly massive contribution to the plastic pollution and climate crises, the world's largest retailer is misleading customers with labels stating that plastic items are recyclable when they are destined to be dumped or burned. In December 2020, Greenpeace sued Walmart for incorrectly labeling and advertising its throwaway plastic products and packaging as recyclable. Greenpeace is demanding that Walmart remove false and misleading labels stating that its disposable plastic products and packaging are recyclable, when they are not. Walmart should join its competitor Giant Eagle in committing to eliminate single-use plastics altogether.


Mondelez, pay the real price of cocoa!, 2021-07-22

Mondelēz , the parent company of Cadbury, Milka, Toblerone, and other popular chocolate brands received one of the lowest scores from an international labor organization, nearly failing ethical standards because of its use of child labor in its supply chain. Mondelēz has promised to eradicate child labor, but its internal certification program "Cocoa Life" is not living up to its commitment to end child labor. Mondelēz says "Cocoa Life" is improving the lives of their cocoa farmers through education, providing clean water and ensuring gender equality. However, only 43% of its cocoa is certified as free from child labor. One way to cut down child labor in the chocolate industry is to boost the prices given to farmers. The government of Ghana and Ivory Coast implemented this idea. Since October 2020, the cocoa buyers have had to pay 400 USD per ton extra as a premium, a move that is expected to help farmers. In June this year, cocoa regulators of Ivory Coast reported that Mondelēz International, among other buyers, fails to pay the premium, after a recent upturn in economic activity. The regulators even warn that they will stop all certification programs of Mondelēz. It again shows that Mondelēz puts profits over people and doesn't really care about the cocoa farmers. Use the Buycott app to boycott Mondelēz products!


Nestle clean up your illegal dumps!, 2021-06-22

Every year, more than 1.5 billion plastic bottles bearing the Vittel, Contrex or Hepar labels leave the Nestlé Waters factories around the town Vittel in France. With 245 million euros in sales and 900 jobs, Nestlé feels almighty. Since 2014 and the discovery of the first illegal plastic dump, Nestlé hasn't done anything. Only recently, after media attention was drawn on two newly discovered dumps the Swiss polluting giant, in a desperate communication move, has admitted the existence of 9 illegal dumps in total on the grounds of its Vittel water factories. The soil around the dump is contaminated, but even worse is the potential pollution of the region's water supply. The same water that's bottled and sold as Vittel, Contrex and Hepar mineral water. The powerful multinational Nestlé doesn't care about laws, the environment, or the people. In 2020, as a result of massive mobilization and media attention, Nestlé's environmentally destructive water pipeline project in Vittel was stopped. Use the Buycott app to boycott Nestlé products!


Unilever greenwashing its dirty business, 2021-05-06

There are companies like Nestlé that attract scandals like light the flies. And then there are multinational corporations like Unilever who do basically the same as their competitors, but on which critical allegations do not stick. Unilever is even praised by major international environmental organizations like WWF for its environmental commitment. How can that happen, despite Unilever being one of the largest palm oil consumers in the world? Unilever's greenwash communication primarily relies on the RSPO (Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil) certification scheme. Unilever admits that the global palm oil production causes serious problems, but also points out that these can be solved with the help of the RSPO. Unilever responded to environmental concerns in 2010 with its Sustainable Living Plan. The company promised to purchase all palm oil from sustainable sources by 2015. Unfortunately, by 2015 it had only achieved sustainable sourcing for 19% of its palm oil. Unilever opted to offset the majority of its palm oil through purchases with "GreenPalm Certificates", sold by the RSPO. In a survey of WWF in 2020, Unilever came out on rank 34 only, showing little progress on phasing out unsustainable palm oil from supply chains. Unilever - like other multinational food brands - failed to achieve the goal to phase out deforestation through the use of sustainable palm oil by 2020. After ten years of inaction and greenwashing, Unilever just postponed this goal further to 2023. It's time to take real action. Use the Buycott app to boycott Unilever products!


JBS promises 14 more years of forest destruction, 2021-03-29

Cattle ranching in Brazil is the leading driver of deforestation-related carbon emissions across Latin America, according to research published in Global Environmental Change. Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS presents the highest deforestation risk of the nation's leading beef companies. Being under pressure from investors, the world's largest meat producer JBS on March 23, 2021, announced a commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040 and zero deforestation across its global supply chain by 2035. The deadlines are woefully inadequate. We cannot afford to wait another 14 years to put an end to Amazon destruction. It is clear that, unless Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro stops his support for farmers clearing forests for pastureland, the crisis is likely to continue. Meanwhile, International Criminal Court has approved the petition of the Arns Commission (a human rights body), demanding an investigation into Bolsonaro's assaults on indigenous human rights connected with deforestation.


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