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Deforestation – Costco

An urgent email received from sumofus.org

According to sumofus.org, North America’s appetite for luxury toilet paper is destroying Canada’s vast and majestic old-growth boreal forests, worsening climate change, endangering wildlife, and affecting hundreds of Indigenous communities across the country. 

According to a report from experts in the field,North American retail giant Costco’s own brand is one of the worst offenders. It’s cutting down a million trees a year from the boreal forest — just to be flushed away.

Costco brings in over $150 billion USD a year and toilet paper is its biggest selling item. There is a push to get it to stop boreal forest sourcing, and using recycled content instead, it would save millions of trees. 

Costco’s plans expand further into Australia, the UK and Europe. 

Advocates from Sumorus.org aren’t keen about Costco’s destruction of forests. 

You could join 58,000 other SumOfUs members calling on Costco to be responsible to the planet and stop cutting down the boreal forest for toilet paper. 

The Canadian boreal forest is the largest intact forest in the world, covering almost 60% of Canada and home to 600 Indigenous communities. The forest is a critical proponent in the fight against climate change, as it stores the carbon equivalent of nearly twice the world’s recoverable oil reserves in its soil.

Over the last twenty years, 28 million acres of Canadian boreal forest — that’s roughly the size of England — have been cut down just to make toilet paper.

Toilet paper companies don’t have to use virgin pulp. Other corporations make 100% post-consumer recycled toilet paper and provide a great alternative. It’s time that Costco did the same.

Together, with our friends at SumOfUs, the NRDC and Stand.earth, we could help them to shift the entire tissue industry to protect forests and mitigate climate change.

SumOfUs has forced corporations to use environmentally friendly solutions before. When they found that out Starbucks hadn’t kept its promise to serve a 100% recyclable paper cup, almost 400,000 members just like yourself pressured the world’s largest corporate coffee chain to make good on their promise. And it worked! Starbucks committed to produce a fully recyclable and compostable cup within the next three years.

With Costco, there’s no time to lose. It’s time for it to end its wasteful and destructive practices, and finally, put the people and the planet ahead of its own profits.

Will you call on Costco to switch to minimum 50% post-consumer recycled materials?

 SIGN THE PETITION 

Thanks for all that you do,
Amelia and the team at SumOfUs

More information:

Wiped out: America’s love of luxury toilet paper is destroying Canadian forests, The Guardian, 01 March 2019 
The Issue with Tissue: How the U.S. Is Flushing Forests Away, NRDC, 20 February 2019

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Earth Log

10:03 AM 26/MAR19
A severe storm regarded as an ‘atmospheric river’ is about to hit New Zealand. Please check with emergency authorities for pending conditions in your area. Super heavy rains and freezing winds are set to hit the South Island.

18:11 PM 26MAR19

A west coast bridge has washed away as rivers reach record levels and raised water levels to new heights.

Haast, a popular south island town, has had a 100 year flood alert with some areas facing around 800mm of rainfall.

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CANDO Teams

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This is a wonderful place where paying it forward with a lot of aroha / love exists. What is the CANDO Team, you ask? It’s the CAN DO team.

Home help, budgeting, government agency advocacy, womens’ health, mens’ health, emotional, physical encouragement from healing minds. Whether you are life experienced or qualified, a techie, a nurse; perhaps a home parent; ex-teacher; justice and rehab skilled; healer ; specialists; ordinarialist! Whatever your walk in life; you can be part of the CAN DO team.

The CANDO Team has an overall Team Leader appointed by the Administration group. The will work with activity coordinators and with the wider administration team to resource asset for your member lead activities.

What activities, you ask? If it’s legal and helps, it’s a suitable activity. This is a vast topic. But to give some ideas… just a sample…

home help – with post-critical care adjustments; care packs to emergency workers in crisis areas; development of forum held forms and booklets in print and/or online covering all aspects of life and living (e.g. budgeting, WINZ / ACC how-to’s, basic health; lifeskills.) Or very basic activities like how to cook something, fix something… how to meditate, how to relax, what to do next week… or maybe they want to CANDO a cruise. You see, there is a lot an agile CANDO team can do. It’s an open book. How this forms is driven by member led activities and your imagination. It’s fun, it’s with a lot of love and empathy that the CANDO team work.

Can you CANDO? I know I can.

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ROK – team activity based on pure kindness.


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Who are the ROK team? Its the Random Act of Kindness team. And it’s something everyone can help with, near and far. It’s fun, its rewarding and Aroha / Love is abundant here.

This model is centred around a missing element – kindness. And the greater the mass of people in the activities, the greater humanity will benefit.

We’ve all grown up around financial models. Budgets, forecasts, profits and losses. But those models do not fix a broken heart, or a stroke victims struggles.

Imagine the ROK team pick on a retirement area one Saturday morning and all the members in the area come along with their lawn mowers set on the same level. At 8:30 AM they all start up and we mass mow an entire street.

Or imagine you see a neighbour who’s home from spending time in critical care, or looking after their loved one. To find the group have made home-baking; or we’ve paid their transport / phone costs; or cared for their garden; or finished their exterior painting; or tidied their drive; or made an offer to provide future transport; or gone shopping for them. Or brought them a (donated) wheelchair. You name it.

All the team have to do is put a card in the box which says, You’ve been blessed by the ROK team from www… (or as they decide is right.)

This is the ROK team vision… to do Random acts Of Kindness… near and far. With our blessing. The team will have an overall team leader; and sub activities by an activity coordinator. The activities can be anything that is kind (of course, legal, but fun too!) and can be small scale, national, or even international. The team driven activities are supported to and from our loving administration team and funds generated by the wider forum network.

It’s going to be a great year getting this together. I hope you have the heart to be part!

You’re welcome.

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Welcome to a place of kindness.

Our new installed forum in development… here.

Welcome to our reinstalled forum on a new server. The place where random acts, can do teams, exist. Click the Forum link when it apports here to help restart a beautiful happenness.


Our journey first starts with the hardware and server equipment provided by our supporting business. We next need a beautiful domain name, so thinking minds… please make it happen! We’ve had some grand ones so far but not yet does the force awaken.

If you have arrived here, you can register (visit the forum and register or via the links at bottom of this website) but please remember, we are in development mode so anything can combust. Like it hasn’t happened before (right?)

You’re welcome.