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  • 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 >

  • Detox campaign hat trick: Adidas joins Nike and Puma

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 1, 2011 at 14:04

    David Beckham lookalike in an Adidas t-shirt showing off his Detox tattoo

    Adidas has just announced it's goign toxic free! This is great news for our environment, our rivers and the millions of people in China and elsewhere who depend on rivers for drinking water and agriculture. Without the coming together of Greenpeace supporters and activists to challenge Nike, Adidas and other would-be champions to lead the way towards a toxic-free future, it would have taken much longer to achieve.

    The world's top three sportswear brands -- Nike, Adidas and Puma -- have now committed publicly to eliminate all discharges of hazardous chemicals throughout their supply chain and across the entire lifecycle of their products by 2020. (See Adidas's statement here)

    No 'safe' amount of hazardous chemicals

    Importantly, Adidas's commitment to ‘zero discharge’ of hazardou... Read more >

  • Verdict: Cairn's oil spill plan is outlandish, simplistic and "wholly inadequate"

    Blogpost by Bex - Greenpeace UK - September 1, 2011 at 14:01

    Earlier this month, after more than 100,000 of you asked Cairn Energy to open up its Arctic oil spill response plan to public scrutiny, the government of Greenland stepped in and published it.

    The verdict is now in. Veteran marine biologist and international oil spill expert Professor Richard Steiner has completed a review of the plan and, well, it's no wonder Cairn didn't want you to see it.

    I'm summarising the worst of the admissions, assumptions and omissions below but you can also download Greenpeace's review and Professer Steiner's in-depth review.

    Cairn makes some startling admissions in its plan. For example, the company admits that:

    - Any Arctic clean up operation would grind to a halt completely in the winter months.

    - The geography of Greenland’s coastline makes it imposs... Read more >

  • We won’t back down to Sealord’s bully tactics

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 1, 2011 at 10:53

    Our subvertising campaign on Monday targeting Sealord and its unsustainable tuna was hard to miss and it certainly didn’t escape the attention of the Sealord management or their lawyers.

    Yesterday afternoon we received a very grumpy letter from Sealord’s lawyers Russell McVeagh questioning our facts and telling us to stop our campaign - or else.

    But - we stand behind all of the statements we have made regarding Sealord’s tuna sourcing and we won’t be put off that easily.

    We believe that New Zealanders have the right to know the ecological impact of the food they purchase, in order to make informed choices at the checkout. The feedback on Sealord’s own Facebook page and the many thousands of emails sent to Sealord show how keen kiwis are for Sealord to mend its ways.

    Our message is ver... Read more >

  • Marine Reserve Success Story: Cabo Pulmo, México

    Blogpost by Alejandro Olivera, Greenpeace México - August 31, 2011 at 7:25

    In the Greenpeace oceans campaign, we talk a lot about marine reserves, the wildlife parks at sea that can help restore fish populations, improve our oceans' resilience to threats like climate change and ensure living oceans for the future. It's something we've been working on for years, including here in México. I wanted to share an example of how marine reserves can help grow fish populations and maintain local economies, but an example that will also illustrate how we must keep working to defend our oceans.

    Twenty years ago, fishermen near Cabo Pulmo (the northernmost and one of the most important coral reef in the East Pacific) a few horus from Los Cabos noticed that they had to go further from the coast to catch fish and that yearly catches- and profits- were declining, ... Read more >

  • The Frozen Waltz

    Blogpost by Henning Reinton - August 31, 2011 at 7:22

    Ever had that dream where your house moved while you were sleeping in your bed? Where you wake up and walk out the door to find that your house has pulled up its roots and drifted down the valley to where the river meets the sea?

    For the past three nights, the Arctic Sunrise has been moored to the same ice floe in the Arctic Ocean. On the first day we got here, BBC reported that new satellite data shows that the sea ice is melting so fast this summer that both the Northeast and Northwest passages now are open. This summer’s sea ice minimum is on a trajectory to run a close second to the 2007 record for the smallest area of ice cover since the satellite era began in 1979.

    Each ice floe melts from the bottom and the top at the same time. Anything you dig into the ice will be closer... Read more >

  • Nice new logo Sealord but what about the tuna?

    Blogpost by Nick Young - August 29, 2011 at 7:18

    Sealord has a shiny new logo - but inside the can - it's the same old tuna.



    Sealord tuna is caught unsustainably using massive purse seines and fish aggregation devices. It's a method that indiscriminately kills all manner of other sealife.

    So our message to Sealord today is Nice logo - Bad tuna.

    As Auckland wakes up this morning to see the Sealord logo in a whole new light.

    A citywide subvertisement campaign involving dozens of people began at 3am this morning. It includes what is possibly the world's largest tuna can, banners in central Auckland and on all main arterial routes into Auckland, a  sky banner, mobile billboards and a blitz of posters and flyers throughout the city.

    Here's the live feed from the day:



    It's a message that can't be missed. Check out the live feed here - and y... 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 >

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