Love is in the air. As polarizing as Valentines Day can be, one can’t deny its underlying themes. And I’m not talking about chocolates and flowers. Feel however you want about the holiday, there’s a lot to be said for the power of love and action.
San Diego Orangutans cruise to their local KFC
Greenpeace activists across the country showed a little love to KFCs yesterday- and in return are hoping for a little action. You see; KFC’s relationship to packaging has had a rocky history. In May of 2012, Greenpeace discovered that KFC along with several other companies were junking the jungle. So we started a campaign that spread across the world, to save rainforests from being turned into chicken buckets. Last December, KFC and their parent company Yum! Brands expressed interest in taking an active role in saving rainforests by announcing a new sustainable packaging “policy.” Many fast food competitors have “gone all the way” and committed to policies that protect rainforests from becoming throwaway fast-food wrapping…or anything else in their restaurants. But thus far KFC’s action is little more than an enticing glance from across a crowded room. Continue reading
Don’t you wish they’d clean up better outside fast food restaurants? Greenpeace went and did some cleaning, although maybe not the kind you’d expect.
Outside the front of a KFC restaurant in Los Angeles, Greenpeace washed the message “Trashing the Rainforest kfc-secretrecipe.com” into the dirty sidewalks. Using a method called “reverse graffiti”, an art form made popular because it looks like street art but it’s completely non-toxic, Greenpeace power cleaned the sidewalk through a stencil. No paint, no bleach, just pressurized water, carving a message of protest into the layers of well-trodden industrial grime.
Kentucky Fried Chicken, owned by the corporate fast food megalith Yum! Brands, uses paper pulp for their throw away packaging from Asia Pulp and Paper, a company responsible for pulping the last of Indonesia’s ancient forests. One of the most bio-diverse places in the world, the destruction of this forest puts hundreds of species in danger of extinction. Orangutans, Sumatran tigers, and the largest flower in the world are all threatened as their habitat disappears.
Hopefully, just like the clean graffiti in LA, our message to KFC will literally be clean and clear: KFC needs to end its relationship with rainforest destruction.
Demand that KFC clean up their act. Sign this petition today demanding a comprehensive anti-deforestation policy from Yum!
“Ferocious jungle predators, laying in wait, stalking their fast food hawking adversaries. The scene was set–our Sumatran tigers were in place, our orangutan armed with fliers, and a banner to catch the attention of the many motorists driving down Colorado Blvd, the backbone of East Denver, Colorado traffic. Our activists were excited to talk to the masses of KFC customers, so that they could in turn engage with a brand they’re loyal to, and help encourage change through direct dialogue. “ – Event Coordinator, Andrew Pytlik
Last weekend, activists in Denver demonstrated in front of a local KFC- a sight that’s been happening across the country. Why are people taking to the streets and the storefronts of KFCs nationwide? Photographs, supply chain research and forensic testing leave no doubt: KFC is trashing rainforests for throw-away packaging like chicken buckets.
The next chapter of Barnes & Noble’s ties to an illegal logging scandal in Indonesia continues. As the wave of enlightened activists sweeps across the country, people are taking to the streets…and the bookshelves of Barnes & Nobles nationwide.
Barnes & Noble, put the “noble” back in your name and cut ties with deforestation
This past weekend in San Jose, Chicago, Emeryville California and Denver people with tiger face-paint occupied storefronts of Barnes & Noble to educate customers and get them involved in the campaign. In the wake of the recent Ramin Report released in late February, Barnes & Noble is the last US company identified that has failed to cut ties with Asia Pulp and Paper.
After the recent scandal tying several US companies to evidence of illegal logging in Indonesia many companies are distancing themselves from those bad habits.
Danone, the makers of Dannon yogurt, are not only part of a healthy breakfast- they are also creating a zero deforestation policy for their company. With plans to phase out supplies of paper and packaging products from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), Danone is taking the right steps to make a stand against illegal logging and destructive in Indonesia. Continue reading
Last Saturday, a group of blue-clad ocean lovers paraded around Orange Circle Antique Mall in Orange, California calling on Chicken of the Sea to drop their destructive fishing practices. The group was headed up by a bloody-mouthed mermaid and a life-size yellowfin tuna dancing to calypso music. Continue reading
Yesterday in La Jolla, California Greenpeace activists paid another visit to the Chicken of the Sea Headquarters. To highlight the massive impact of their destructive fishing practices, activists delivered an equally large tuna can.
This past Thursday, Greenpeace activists made yet another visit to Chicken of the Sea headquarters. This time, it wasn’t to deliver a letter to the CEO, or to unfurl banners for employees and the public to see, or even to fly airship overhead exposing the company’s behavior. No, the purpose this time was to deliver petitions to headquarters. In the past several weeks, over one thousand people in the Orange County, CA, area have signed a petition imploring Chicken of the Sea to end its destructive fishing practices.
Thousands of consumers across the country are getting involved in this issue, signing petitions and taking action on the campaign. As one of the largest canned tuna companies in the United States, Chicken of the Sea has a responsibility to steward our oceans in a sustainable and responsible manner – as well as to provide American consumers with access to ethically sourced tuna products. Chicken of the Sea’s parent company, Thai Union, is one of the largest tuna producers on the globe andhas already made commitments to sustainable fishing practices within its UK- and Australiabased subsidiaries.
It’s time for Chicken of the Sea to stop fishing like there’s no tomorrow. In the coming weeks, in the coming months, and for as long as it takes, Greenpeace activists and volunteers will continue to engage with Chicken of the Sea. This company must change its ways and adopt sustainable practices for the benefit of our oceans and of future generations – there is no other way forward.
For the tuna.
Last weekend, Southern California saw some of the heaviest rainfall in decades. And if you were in Irvine, California you saw wet, dedicated apes and activists. These damp orangutans visited a local Pizza Hut chain to deliver a message, along with thousands of petitions signed by folks in the local community.
Customers across the country have been asking Pizza Hut to stop serving up rainforest destruction with its pies, but I’m starting to wonder if Pizza Hut is listening. They say, “we love to hear from customers,” “follow us on Twitter or fan us on the Facebooks”… but why? Pizza Hut acts like it wants to be a person of the digital age, have a presence like a person. But I’ve started to realize while Pizza Hut likes to talk, they don’t really like to listen.
Thousands and thousands of people are waiting for an answer from Pizza Hut. Our question is simple: Some of the world’s largest food companies like Burger King, Kraft, Nestle and Unilever have already taken steps to cut their ties with rainforest destruction, why won’t Pizza Hut do the same?
Join us by taking action and telling fast food chains, like Pizza Hut to stop serving up rainforest destruction!