Don't tarnish your love with dirty gold. Tell Walmart: Stop the greenwash!
  • Petitioned Ethics Office, Walmart

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Ethics Office, Walmart
President and CEO of Wal-Mart
Michael T. Duke

Don't tarnish your love with dirty gold. Tell Walmart: Stop the greenwash!

    1. Petition by

      Earthworks

Walmart claims that its Love, Earth jewelry line is good for workers and the environment, but facts on the ground prove otherwise.

An investigative report by Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, "Walmart's 'Love, Earth' Jewelry Line Doesn't Live Up to Green Promises" in the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, revealed abysmal working conditions in the factories that produce the jewelry in Boliva.

And environmental problems exist at the mines in Utah and Nevada, where the gold is mined for the jewelry:  acid mine drainage, mercury pollution, and one of the largest polluted groundwater plumes (60 miles!) in the world.

Walmart's self-defined 'Love, Earth' sustainability standards are too weak -- even if Walmart did follow them.  But they don't.  And there's nothing else to call that but greenwashing dirty gold.

TAKE ACTION: tell Walmart to stop the greenwash!  Make their jewelry truly responsible, or drop "Love, EARTH".

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    • Jeremy Moran PLYMOUTH, UNITED STATES
      • over 3 years ago

      Walmart - Where a magical combination of: exploited sweatshop labor, environmental atrocities, piss poor quality standards, and in house employees sub standard wages & benefits, all come together to provide the ultimate combination of the world's monetarily cheapest, but morally corrupt, products come to the eager hands of awaiting American consumers.

      in 2009 Walmart grossed over 9 billion in profit, they also received over 1.5 billion in government funded corporate welfare. Free Market Capitalism? Hardly...

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    • Adriana Pena STATE COLLEGE, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Until you change your practices and stop lying I take a solemn oath never to walk into your stores again. May God punish me if I do.

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    • Mary Rausch LYNNWOOD, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      This is a terrible thing to do. I won't shop at Walmart unit this changes.

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    • Kelly Silay NAPERVILLE, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      False advertising at its finest!

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    • Tim Peters DETROIT, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      Walmart, green? Load of ****. Thanks for posting this.

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