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Nathan Argent

Nathan Argent is the Policy Advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand based in Wellington and is a long time Greenpeace campaigner with an interest in clean technology solutions.

  • Eyes of the Forest see through greenwash

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - December 14, 2011 at 14:57

    Today, a new investigative report reveals how Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) – the notorious Indonesian rainforest destroyer – is continuing its destruction of natural tropical forest and drainage of peat soils to make its pulp and paper products.

    If you’re new to this issue, APP is the parent company of NZ-based Cottonsoft which was recently exposed by a coalition of green groups for using trashed rainforests to make some of its toilet paper brands.

    The report, “The truth behind APP’s Greenwash, which has been released by Indonesia-based NGO coalition Eyes of the Forest, presents detailed evidence that cuts through the heart of APP’s aggressive, multi-million dollar greenwashing machine.

    It exposes how many of APP’s misleading claims hide that fact that the company continues to be linked t... Read more >

  • Cottonsoft's barrage of PR

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - December 9, 2011 at 18:14

    Well, it's fair to say that a week is a long time when it comes to campaigning and no more so than when you're up against one of the world's most notorious rainforest destroyers. In the last weeks we have seen a volley of wild claims, accusations and dubious announcements all played out in the national media by Cottonsoft, Asia Pulp & paper and the NZ Food and Grocery Council.

    It all relates to our investigation that revealed Cottonsoft toilet roll brands were linked to deforestation But if you've been following the story and you're a bit confused I don't blame you - I think that was their objective.

    So for the uninitiated and those of who want to cut through the corporate spin, I would like to provide a reasoned overview of what's being going over the last couple of months.

    Back in Au... Read more >

  • The carbon footprint of New Zealand milk could be much larger than Fonterra claims.

    A new report released today reveals that Fonterra’s continued use of palm kernel expeller (PKE) as a supplementary feed on dairy farms could have produced up to 8.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the equivalent to 12 per cent of New Zealand’s entire annual greenhouse gas emissions.

    Titled ‘The carbon cost of palm kernel expeller from Malaysia and Indonesia’ this is the first fully transparent report produced on the carbon footprint created by PKE. Last year, a record breaking 1.4 million tonnes of palm product, which is currently unsustainably produced, was imported in to New Zealand to feed Fonterra’s industrial dairying operation.

    The huge carbon footprint of palm kernel...

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  • Cottonsoft's 'green' labeling called into question

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - October 21, 2011 at 11:24

    With an abundance of ‘green’ labelled paper and furniture products available, we consumers have more power than ever to support a growing market for wood and paper products that do not come at the cost of biodiversity, the regulation of our climate, or the livelihoods of forest communities.

    But, with so many green labels on the market, with numerous claims about the well managed forests that our products come from, we need to ask ourselves what lies behind these claims.

    Back in August, you may recall that we exposed Cottonsoft – one of New Zealand’s best known toilet paper brands who are now owned by notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper – for it’s links to deforestation in Indonesia. Forensic testing by one of the world’s leading labs in the US confirmed that rainforest ti... Read more >

  • Photo: Gemz Photography

    Environment Minister Nick Smith has declared that the Rena oil spill off the coast of Tauranga has become the worst maritime environmental disaster in New Zealand’s history.

    Hundreds of tonnes of oil have now leaked in to the ocean, and with the vessel listing badly in heavy seas causing many shipping containers to fall into the sea. More and more toxic oil globules have landed on beaches as far as Sulphur Point and along the foreshore at Matua. Sheets of thick, pungent oil, two to three metres wide, have been found covering Papamoa beach.

    And as the oil from the ship is spreading faster than expected, dead birds and other marine life are being left in its wake.

    The captain of the ship has been charged under Section 65 of the Maritime Act, covering dangerous ... Read more >

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