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RE: Boycotts, what ya got?


My campus shops and cafes boycott both Nestle and Coca Cola, so that's convenient.

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wow I never knew Coca Cola owned so much! fuck.

I'm now trying to clear my lifetyle of Nestle and Coca Cola.

I've already wiped out all major fast food chains, animal tested products, Primark and Starbucks, so this shouldn't be too difficult really, I just can't stand this control of so many of our 'everyday' brands, so clever of them. Bastards!



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I boycott:
-Sport/Chav brands (except Pinapple and Elle; because my dance/yoga/jogging pants are Pinapple, and I have an Elle top I customized into a punk-rock style top)
-Bank (the store)
-Crisps (they taste like cardboard to me)
-Twilight (my signature says it all)

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I also boycott:
-Pauls Boutique (People think they look rich and cool in the clothes, but they end up looking cheap and common)
-Leather (bye bye tacky Primark gloves...)
-L'Oreal (That Cheryl Cole advert speakes for itself)

Possibly more to come.

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Belching Out the Devil by Mark Thomas gives some more information about how bad a company Coca Cola really is. Shopped by Joanna Blythman is a good read that'll get you boycotting the supermarkets that stock all this shit too. No Logo by Naomi Klein is worth a read too, from an anti-commercialism point of view, but I feel the movement that followed her book has cheapened the argument somewhat.

If you want to know more about fast food chains, then Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser is a much better expose and history that Morgan Spurlock's attention seeking film. More information on the shit that goes into our food can be found in Felicity Lawrence's Not on the Label.

I think it's important that you make the distinction in your life about whether you're boycotting something because of politically moral reasons that you hope will bring about a change for the better, or because you just don't like it much.


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In my house we vaguely boycott Coca Cola, I have sadly slipped up in recent months though! It just tastes so good! Until I was 16 I refused to set foot in a chain coffee shop, then I sold out and discovered the beauty of a strawberries and cream frappuccino...
When I am in a regular out-and-about routine, I buy a bottle of water and frequently re-use the bottle, but I must admit I do buy a new bottle every couple of months, because apparently the plastic degrades over time and starts leaching chemicals. Sick.

I boycott Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. Apart from the fact that they are carcinogenic and have been linked to a wealth of diseases and disorders (apart from sucralose, but I'm still not totally happy with it), I think they give a weird taste to drinks, and on numerous occasions I have actually thrown up from drinking diet cola. It might be psychosomatic, but they just make me feel nauseous. I would much rather drink full fat fizzy drinks and mixers and be a little chubby, than drink diet fizz and be thin but die of cancer. Did you know Fanta now has sugar AND aspartame in it?! What is the point?! Oasis has aspartame in it too, which I am pure gutted about, as apart from that it's a lovely tasting drink. I have to find an alternative to chewing gum too, that's packed full of poisonous sweeteners... It does make me sad.

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A couple more things I boycott are:
-McDonalds (Don't ask)
-Popular/Mainstream music (All the good music is more Underground now)

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^Why boycott mainstream music?! You could be missing out on some good stuff over what is essentially snobbery. Also, I'm not sure boycott is the right word.. Or perhaps it is, it just has connotations of refusing to take part in something because you find it morally repulsive etc. not just a bit naff..

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You boycott things from a political or moral stand point.

You snub or ignore things you don't like.


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I was always a vegetarian, but now I eat the occasional bit of meat, I make sure it is at least 'ethical' meat. So I boycott battery eggs (I don't see why anyone wouldn't to be honest), and unethical meat.

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Kitty Fire wrote:

You boycott things from a political or moral stand point.


You snub or ignore things you don't like.


That's what I meant. :D

 



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Not that I do much cleaning, but as of now I am boycotting Oven Pride (some cleaning thingy). The advert states "So easy, even a man can do it!"... I'm not amused. Sexism works both ways. Grr.

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^^ME FUCKING TOO.
Jesus, who thought THAT was appropriate?! Same with the sodding Alpen advert.

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^ I was actually gonna bring both of them up here. Those adverts are pretty outrageous.

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Dunno if this is stupid or not but I boycott Yorkie bars, although I had one a couple years ago and it was nomful...I just hate how the marketing people think it's funny to make it "not for girls" and everyone seems to take it so lightly.

Also, Nestle owns them. Boo Nestle.

Edit: This article sums up my opinion, really.

-- Edited by xXImmiXx on Wednesday 17th of March 2010 10:57:34 PM

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Yeah, I was really confused when everyone just ignored the 'not for girls' advertising campaign. Whatever it's just a bit of fun, whatever it's Ironic. Shut the FUCK up, that's what I say... grr

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Diet Coke has pissed me off further, their tagline "For those who like it light" or something along those lines - the advert is a load of REALLY SKINNY puppets who work in a fashion office or something, and they all do a little dance then get a Diet Coke - it really offends me for some reason, maybe I'm reading too much into it but to me it just seems to be perpetuating the skinny-successful-fashionista vibe that is so incredibly destructive for young girls and actually masquerades as girl power. 'Want to be successful? Have a high powered job in a famous industry? Good! You're a strong woman, you're doing it for yourself, you're not just relying on your looks to get by, oh wait *whispers* you have to be thin and beautiful in order to be successful in this industry'.
Drink Diet Coke, be anorexically thin, be successful and happy and popular.
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crumbs, Antonym you are right!

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^ I'm so glad someone agrees, when I saw it on tv yesterday and started spluttering with fury, the boy told me I was being silly.

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I can totally see where you are coming from. There are a lot of flaws to the "working woman" ideal that is now encouraged. Women are expected to be perfect mothers and perfect career women, and have perfect bodies, and if you let one of the balls drop then you are a failure...

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I am starting to try and make everything I eat from scratch due to so many foods containing palm oil. Palm oil companies cause deforestation and they see the Orangutan as a pest. They are burned, shot and made homeless in the quest for cheap oil. Companies do not have to label that a product may contain palm oil either so when something contains vegetable oil, it could well be palm oil inside your food, cosmetics, soap, shampoo ect. I love Lush products, although expensive, as they are animal and palm oil free!
I try to get most of my clothes and shoes from local business's or small online stores. I find shoes on ebay that can be bought almost new for a fraction of the retail price, all because someone bought the wrong size and cant be bothered to return them! Not just clothes but anything I can buy from a local independent shop instead of a chain shop or supermarket I will if I can.

Edit: boycott Iams too (google it to see how cruel Iams are) also boycott Peta, they put down lots of healthy animals not to mention funding some middle eastern terrorist organisations. Oh and they like to scare children by telling them that mummy and daddy are murderers for eating meat.

-- Edited by darkfaerie on Sunday 21st of March 2010 04:11:41 PM

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"Little Red" Ruby wrote:

^Why boycott mainstream music?! You could be missing out on some good stuff over what is essentially snobbery. Also, I'm not sure boycott is the right word.. Or perhaps it is, it just has connotations of refusing to take part in something because you find it morally repulsive etc. not just a bit naff..



Oops, I should have specified that I was on about pop, hip hop and bassline music.
-I also boycott the Disney Channel.

 



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Oh, and anything Cheryl Cole-related. I can't stand her.

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I'm really, irrationally annoyed by this whole 'let's boycott Nestle this Easter because they're killing orangutans' thing.

NO.
Let's fucking boycott Nestle because they're killing PEOPLE. Wake up, you don't have to pay attention to something just because celebrities (as nice as they may be) are backing it, do your own research, make your own decisions!

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Nike, Adidas, TESCO (in a big way), Facebook (:, Nestle,  most supermarkets, HMV - I only shop at small Record/CD shops, McDonalds/KFC/Crappy food places, I try to buy as much fair trade & organic things as possible - very hard!, so many clothes shops are kinda no-go zones, Diet drinks/crap like that, most mainstream/big brand shops (unless theyre actually attempting to do something good) - oh dear, i sound a bit stuck up, don't I? Oh well (:

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Strikes me that everyone's lives would be much simpler if companies took their corporate responsibility seriously in the first place.

I boycott Nike and clothing companies that use child labour of unfair policy (I will buy new clothes only from H&M or M&S). I always go fairtrade and free range if possible. I sort of avoid animal testing for cosmetics, but I don't avoid it for medical purposes. Little things.

I have to admit, this Nestle problems confuses me, and I sort of agree with Fiend.... I mean, don't mothers in the UK and US feed their children formula? Don't some mothers find it impossible to breastfeed, either practically or physically? Is the problem that the formula is not safe for babies' compustion, in which the FDA should something? If the problem is that the mothers stop lactating, and then can't afford the formula... Who's responsibility is that portion of education?

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Amaranth=Rayne wrote:

 

"Little Red" Ruby wrote:

^Why boycott mainstream music?! You could be missing out on some good stuff over what is essentially snobbery. Also, I'm not sure boycott is the right word.. Or perhaps it is, it just has connotations of refusing to take part in something because you find it morally repulsive etc. not just a bit naff..



Oops, I should have specified that I was on about pop, hip hop and bassline music.
-I also boycott the Disney Channel.

 

 




I'm sorry, what exactly is morally repugnant about pop, hip-hop and bassline? You may not enjoy it, but boycott it?

 

Also, now we're on the subject, what is wrong with my beloved Disney?



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Ooh, I found this about the Nestle boycott:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2007/may/15/medicineandhealth.lifeandhealth

Which explains more, and I think Nestle should be using less aggressive market. BUT, I still the education is down to the government, doctors, and other mothers, and that this is a very complex problem with no one responsible party, to get all An Inspector Calls on you.


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I don't think that you are "boycotting" mainstream music, or pop or bassline, or whatever, you are just listening to music that you prefer. Surely everyone does that. Maybe one day you will find that you are being slightly narrow minded and that many different genres have aspects to them that are good, and that you are actually limiting yourself.

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Useful website telling what you should boycott and not boycott :)



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