Ethical Corporation’s “Greenwasher,”
is a monthly column dedicated to pointing out inaccuracies in the seemingly environmental practices / actions of companies and corporations, has chosen to highlight tissue-giant Kimberly-Clark, makers of products such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Kotex, and Depends, for the second time this year.
According to their website, Kimberly-Clark (K-C) “emphasizes sustainability and sound environmental practices as cornerstones of doing business…” The irony lies in that K-C’s recycled tissue boxes hold tissues that are not recycled. How could they let this happen? How can the box that holds their tissue be the only part of the product that is recycled?
To further add to the greenwasher theme, K-C has released a sustainability report
that states the wood fiber K-C receives from the Boreal Forest in Ontario, Canada, is “sawdust and chips – or leftovers.”
There are two reasons that the above statement is ironic and a false environmental-advertisement. First, the Kenogami Forest
in northern Ontario has been completely destroyed and habitat has been lost due to K-C’s more than 70-year occupation. Really, there is nothing “leftover” for K-C to log in the Kenogami.
In addition, a woodpile—enough to fill 7000 truckloads—was recently found in northern Ontario in the Ogoki forest
, northwest of the Kenogami Forest. These logs—rotting in the forest—were earmarked for a mill whose largest customer is Kimberly-Clark. This is a direct consequence of poor forest management. Is this the “leftovers” K-C describes in their sustainability report?Tell Kimberly-Clark to stop talking about “sustainability practices”
and actually put them into action.
Until the ancient forests are protected,