Who’s afraid of college students?


February 19, 2008

What’s the likelihood that a multinational corporation netting over $18 billion a year would be scared of a couple of undergraduate students?

Well if you ask Kimberly-Clark, the world’s largest tissue manufacturer, I think you might find the answer to be very likely.

Students all over the country have been organizing to get their universities to cut contracts with Kimberly-Clark due to the company’s heinous support of clear-cutting practices and failure to use recycled fiber. So far, students at Rice University, American University, Harvard University, the University of Miami and Skidmore College worked with their administrations to take action against the company and discontinue use of its products. In the beginning of 2008 Wesleyan students Aurora Margarita-Goldkamp ’10 and Georgina Yeomans ’10 convinced their university to do the same.

At the end of last semester, Aurora and Georgina submitted a proposal to the school’s Sustainability Committee and campus store Weshop to stop its sale of products made by Kimberly Clark. Weshop found that it could make the change without losing money or increasing prices and as of 2008 has stopped stocking Kimberly Clark products. Instead they have increased their supply of alternative brands like Green Forest.

Aurora and Gina don’t plan to stop there though: According to the Wesleyan Argus, their “next target is the Kimberly Clark products that are still used in dorms and public buildings all over campus.”

 – Robin

For the whole Wesleyan story, check out the article

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