Greenpeace is accusing Barbie of destroying rainforests in Indonesia “including areas that are home to some of the last tiger, orangutans and elephants, just so she can wrap herself in pretty packaging.” Mattel, the manufacturer of Barbie, has been using paper packaging for the world’s most famous toy from Indonesia’s most notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).
So habitats full of animals and trees are being destroyed for cheap packaging that you’re going to throw away anyway? Does that make sense to you?
Watch the video below where they break the news of Barbie’s misdeeds to Ken.
A large percentage of waste comes from packaging alone so it’s kind of nice to see Pepsico taking charge of their packaging and making it more environmentally friendly, even though Coke beat ’em to it. Now Pepsico has compostable and recyclable cup designs. Continue reading →
If you were hoping for less OJ Simpson than no such luck. What you may get less of is the OJ you probably liked. Due to wacky weather and orange crop failure Tropicana is going to shrink their most popular size of orange juice by five ounces. Find out why that might be good for the environment by visiting the good folks at greenerdesign.com.
Less packaging alone would good for the environment but Tropicana juice is actually really sweet. Personally I think you could do better for juice or even dilute it with water…or vodka- no judgments here. Continue reading →
Known for being brown on the outside shipping company UPS has gone green on the inside. UPS ranked #1 on Climate Counts’ scorecard in the consumer shipping sector.
Climate Counts is a nonprofit organization that ranks corporations on their efforts towards reducing climate impact, corporate support of public policy initiatives on climate change and openness and transparency in reporting.
UPS ranked higher than DHL, FedEx and sadly the U.S. Postal Service. While the U.S. Postal Service does a pretty incredible job considering what they have to do it would be a great step to get them to be #1. It could even save taxpayer money.
According to Bob Stoffel, UPS senior vice president of supply chain, strategy, engineering and sustainability:
“‘…In 2009 we introduced several new green packaging and shipping services including the UPS carbon neutral program, the first such option available to offset the climate impact of shipping within the United States.'”
UPS has also recently been honored by Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index’s “Top 50 Global Companies,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Excellence Award, and Newsweek’s Greenest Companies in America.
Companies that invest in going green see the rewards for it on their balance sheets. More consumers are starting to like to feel good about spending their money with a company that takes initiative on issues like the environment.
It also can give employees something to feel good about too, which can boost productivity. So going green makes good financial sense for corporations too.