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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.

  • Today, toy giant Mattel, the company behind Barbie, announced that it will stop buying paper and packaging linked to rainforest destruction.

    The move follows a Greenpeace investigation which revealed that packaging for Mattel toys was being produced using timber from the rainforests of Indonesia, home to endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger. We launched a global campaign to pressure the toy maker into mending its ways - and thanks to your support it has worked!

    From today Mattel is instructing its suppliers to avoid wood fibre from companies “that are known to be involved in deforestation”. One of these companies is notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), which Greenpeace investigations have shown to be involved in widespread rainforest clearance in Indonesia.... Read more >

  • It's been ten days since we first revealed that Cottonsoft toilet paper was linked to deforestation Indonesia and it's been busy ever since.

    The case against Cottonsoft is resounding, but instead of doing the right thing they've just tried to muddy the waters and hide behind mistruths. But we're not surprised. This is how Asia Pulp and Paper, and subsidiaries such as Cottonsoft, react when they get exposed. Public relations spending and greenwash have become an integral part of their business model, creating a multi-million dollar smokescreen whilst they continue to raze the natural forests of Indonesia to the ground.

    For example, claiming that they are bastions of conservation and tiger protection are like me suggesting that I'm a challenge to Richie McCaw's captaincy of the All Blacks.

    C... Read more >

  • Bad times for APP and Cottonsoft just got worse

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - August 26, 2011 at 10:55

    It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Steve Nicholson, the corporate affairs director for Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) in Australia and New Zealand.

    Fresh from a PR crisis in Australia - caused when his staff were found out for anonymously posting offensive comments online about a Greenpeace staff member and APP’s former largest customer in Australia - Steve is trying to play hardball in New Zealand.

    On Monday, together with WWF and the New Zealand Green Party we released a ‘forest friendly’ tissue guide (pdf) based on a survey of all the major retailers and suppliers selling tissue products in the country. One of the companies we approached was Cottonsoft, that was bought out in 2007 by - yes, you’ve guessed it - APP.

    APP/Cottonsoft refused to participate in the survey so earlier this yea... Read more >

  • Cottonsoft’s hollow words

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - August 24, 2011 at 16:12

    As the war of words continues, it would seem that Cottonsoft’s most recent statement has as much integrity as a sand castle at high tide.

    Following the release of our toilet paper investigation, which exposed links between Cottonsoft and deforestation in Indonesia, there’s been a series of incoherent and somewhat desperate claims made by the company.

    The most absurd is that the laboratory used in the United States – the internationally renowned Integrated Paper Services, widely regarded as the best in the business - are not up to the job. It’s a bit like saying that Sir Edmund Hillary was distinctly average at hill walking or that Dan Carter couldn’t hit a barn door from ten yards.

    This claim loosely hinges on the fact that one of the test results indicated that tropical hardwoods we... Read more >

  • Yesterday we released results of forensic testing we’ve done that directly links Cottonsoft toilet paper with the destruction of Indonesian rainforest.  Cottonsoft is owned by notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), which have been documented many times by Greenpeace for trashing tiger habitat to feed its mills.

    We called on New Zealanders to pressure our three major retailers – Foodstuffs, Progressive Enterprises and The Warehouse to drop the Cottonsoft brand and stock only 100% recycled or FSC certified paper products.

    After a virtual avalanche of emails, The Warehouse took the responsible step and announced plans to suspend all orders of Cottonsoft. Progressives and Foodstuffs have yet to respond so keep the pressure on people! The most effective way we can get APP ... Read more >

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