Ask Greenlife, Totnes to remove Pukka Tea from their shelves
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Corporate giant Unilever has taken over the organic tea company Pukka.
Frome Wholefoods has taken a stand and will no longer sell the tea brand. It was already boycotted by some consumers due to it's non-recyclable teabag sachets.
For me, it's all about context. I have an expectation that Greenlife reflects values such as those expressed on EthicalConsumer.org and I want to know if that is true and whether other people feel the same way.
Let's take positive steps towards ethical business and model responsible and aware consumerism as a community; by asking our biggest wholefoods shop to take a stand too!
More info on Unilever and Pukka:
The deal sees Pukka's score on Ethical Consumer's rating system drop from 13.5 to 4.5, in line with Unilever's score. The company was also stripped of its Company Ethos mark which was awarded because the whole company group only sold organic products. Unilever does not just sell organic products.
Because of this dramatic fall in the company's score, Pukka has been removed as a recommended Best Buy from the Ethical Consumer tea, herbal tea and coconut oil product guides.
On hearing the news Ethical Consumer co-editor Tim Hunt said:
"It is always sad when ethical companies sell out to big corporations. The money spent on Pukka products will no longer just be going to a small fluffy company and their suppliers but instead be winding its way into the coffers of one the world’s largest food processing and cosmetics companies who have had a something of a mixed record when it comes to ethical issues."
How ethical is Unilever?
Over the past few years Unilever have been accused of talking the talk but failing to walk the walk when it comes to sustainability.
Ethical Consumer's own research has found that:
- While Unilever scores a best policy rating for palm oil, it has been accused of using suppliers that contribute to deforestation in South East Asia and Africa
- The company is a proponent of GM technologies and invests heavily in research and promotion of them
- Unilever CEO Paul Polman was paid £10,403,000 in 2016, an amount that Ethical Consumer deemed excessive
- The company has subsidiaries in a number of oppressive regimes including Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia and Israel
- The company still tests on animals
- The company also scores Ethical Consumer’s worst ratings for its cocoa supply chain policy and likely use of tax avoidance strategies
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