Today, I wrote Campbell Soup, too.

Today, I also wrote to Campbell Soup. They do not offer an email on their website, so I wrote a letter.

4/14/2017

Denise Morrison
CEO
Campbell Soup Company
1 Campbell Place
Camden, NJ 08103-1701

Dear Ms. Morrison,

I read about and watched videos of you chatting it up and gleefully enjoying the company of Donald Trump as part of a meeting he had with manufacture leaders.

I’m just wondering why the repeal of regulations that protect human and environmental health would be good for a manufacturer of food products.

Why is there so much glee in poisoning the environment and the food you sell to your customers? Wouldn’t any reasonable person think it was better NOT to poison people and the earth?

As a woman and a parent, I would really love to understand why poisoning people and the earth is preferable to not doing that. And, what is the ultimate benefit to your company in doing that. Wouldn’t NOT poisoning the earth and the environment be a better choice?

Instead of colluding with people like Donald Trump and his Republican pals, why not BE A LEADER in using sustainably grown good as ingredients in your products? Instead of lobbying for ways to get away with poisoning the water, air, land and food that sustain all life in earth, why not lead the way in finding ways to grow food in a way that won’t poison the people who buy your products and the earth that hosts your operations?

Isn’t it better to NOT poison the earth and the people who consume your products?

If you disagree, and you think poisoning your customers and the earth is a better option, why? Why is poison preferable to sustainability?

Please be a leader and not collude with those who prefer to poison God’s great creations and instead choose to sustain and nurture health and beauty.

Thank you,

Emily

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Today, I wrote Ocean Spray asking them about sustainable farming and why pesticides are preferable to health

I rode Amtrak yesterday and picked up a copy of the terrific Amtrak magazine THE NATIONAL.  In it was an article about an organic cranberry farm in Washington state:

Tart & Soul
On Washington’s Cranberry Coast, an organic bog is offering an eco- and health-conscious alternative to Big Cranberry
http://www.amtrakthenational.com/made-in-america-cranberry-coast

I read that cranberries are one of the most polluted of fruits we eat. The pesticides don’t wash off well and producers of non-organic cranberries pollute the waters where this fruit is grown. I wrote Ocean Spray today:

I understand that current law allows Ocean Spray to get away with it, and soon agricultural polluters like you are going to get even more free reign to pollute our nation’s waters and the foods with a guy like Pruitt at the EPA and Republicans excited to do away w regulations that protect human and environmental health (like the Clean Waters Act).

But what is the ultimate benefit to your company of polluting the environment and poisoning your customers? I really want to understand that.

Why not become a leader in sustainable farming? Instead of lobbying for ways to get away with poisoning the water, air, land and food that sustain all life in earth, why not lead the way in finding ways to grow food in a way that won’t poison the people who buy your products and the earth that hosts your operations? Isn’t it better to NOT poison the earth and the people who consume your products? And if you disagree, why? Why is poison preferable to sustainability?

If you want to write them, here is the link:
http://www.oceanspray.com/Who-We-Are/Contact-Us/Contact-Form.aspx

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Addendum, 5/1/2017

I got an excellent response from Ocean Spray in my email today:

May 1, 2017

Hello Emily,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We love to hear from people who are into cranberries as much as we are. When you purchase Ocean Spray® products you are supporting the more than 700 family farms which own the brand. Ocean Spray takes great pride in manufacturing premium products.

We, too, share your concern in the important matter of pesticides. Over the past years, Ocean Spray has made many efforts to address our consumers’ concerns with environmental issues, particularly those dealing with pesticide usage.

Ocean Spray’s 700+ farmer-owners have adopted 6 farm sustainability principles, including:

  1. Farm succession for generations
  2. Water Stewardship
  3. Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  4. Soil Health and fertilizer management
  5. Ecosystem conservation and biodiversity
  6. Well-being for workers and the community

Our cranberry and grapefruit farmers take great efforts to grow fruit in a responsible way utilizing integrated pest management (IPM) that minimizes impacts to the environment and people to ensure that consumers can always count on fresh, quality and sustainability produced products from Ocean Spray. We rely on IPM principles, such as hand weeding, pest scouting, and understanding pest lifecycles and behaviors, to help determine the most responsible approach with the goal to always minimize the use of chemicals as much as possible.

Ocean Spray also has one of the most innovative and comprehensive residue testing programs in the world! Our Pesticides Screen Program aims at ensuring the safety of our fruit and finished product by analyzing fruit pre-harvest, during delivery for compliance, and finished goods. Fruit not in compliance is rejected. Additionally, we have agricultural scientists on staff to assist farmers on IPM best practices. We also are leading the way in pollinator management, Ocean Spray farmers are taking steps to conserve and enhance pollinator health by planting habitat for pollinators and choosing pest management materials that are pollinator safe as they recognize the critical importance of bees for food production and the natural environment.

Thanks for choosing Ocean Spray. Be sure to visit us again sometime at OceanSpray.com, where you can get all the latest information on our products, find delicious recipes, and join the Cranberry Club for special news and offers. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-662-3263 if you have any more questions or comments.

Tastes Good. Good For You.

And Your Friends at Ocean Spray

# 9,425,001

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Addendum, 5/5/2017

I got a customer survey from Ocean Spray just now and they asked for my feelings about the response I got from Customer Service rep.  A couple of questions allowed me to give written feedback to the questions.  I can’t remember now what the questions were, but I saved my responses to two:

I am upset about the use of poisonous pesticides to grow food. The pesticides poison not just the food, but our waterways, land, and animals. I conveyed this deep concern in my email. The representative responded with information and in a respectful tone. I appreciated that. Even if I was not satisfied with the actual information. I would have preferred included some kind of statement that Ocean Spray is working to grow all its food without poisons, is cleaning up the damage their positions have caused in the past, is working to grow all food using renewable energy and is actively supporting political candidates who actively work to save the environment from getting spoiled by industry. This is an unreasonable wish, corporations, generally run by conservatives, will ever care about anything more than making money (health of human beings and the environment be damned)…you see, I’ve become rather cynical.

Listen, I don’t want this to be an indictment of the customer service representative and how they made me “feel.” You want them to make me feel good all while Ocean Spray is sticking a knife in? That’s no good. What I want is correct and TRUTHFUL information, to feel that I’m not being duped but that Ocean Spray as a company is driven by a commitment to integrity, and a guarantee that Ocean Spray will do everything in its corporate power to support the health of HUMAN BEINGS and the ENVIRONMENT. That is a problem of company policy and practice (no matter how some customer service rep makes me feel about it).

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Letter to United Bank about Garbage festering in their parking lot, along fences and inside bushes

Letter written to the United Bank on the corner of Lee Highway and Harrison Street in Arlington, VA.

3/27/2017

United Bank

5350 Lee Highway,
Arlington, VA 22207

To Whom It May Concern at United Bank,

 My daughter and I created Project PUT: Pick Up Trash.  We pick up trash and advocate for others to do the same.  We also advocate for recycling, a reduction of waste in general, and for people to avoid littering in the first place.  I frequently walk by your building at the corner of Lee Highway and Harrison Street.  It is a daily heartbreak to see litter packed along the fence that separates your property and the home next to it, all in the bushes in the middle of the parking lot, and the bushes that reside on the corner by the sidewalk.  I picked some of it up as a service to the community.  But there was plenty left in the bushes.  The garbage allowed to fester on your site looks terrible and does not speak well for your business with no one caring enough about how bad it looks (never mind how bad litter is for the environment) to pick it up.

In addition, I tried to submit this note to the email form on your contact page to find, after several tries and a call to one of your 800#s (which was also very difficult to get through to because of the many “press this or press that” options that did not include the option I was looking for which was just to talk to a human being), that your website takes emails only between the hours of 8:30 am and 5pm?  Its as if United Bank was doing everything possible to prevent customer interaction.

My every experience with your company so far has been frustrating and off putting with United Bank garbage dump parking lot and obstructionist customer service.

Maybe you could try to do a little better.

Sincerely,

Emily Gleichenhaus

Project PUT: Pick Up Trash
Arlington, VA

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Great PUT Stuff Found Online

These are PUT and Related Environmental efforts and information that I’ve found online and posted on this blog.  This is a catalog of all the things I’ve found and posted.  The most recent items are at the top.

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HOW TO GROW FRESH AIR, a video on TED:
https://www.ted.com/talks/kamal_meattle_on_how_to_grow_your_own_fresh_air

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China’s plans for a vertical forest:
https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/10154184865691479/

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France bans plastic cups, plates and cutlery:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-bans-plastic-cups-plates-cutlery-energy-transition-for-green-growth-a7313076.html

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World Economic Forum’s Environmental Video Archive:
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An article: 8 BITS OF PLASTIC YOU CAN QUIT RIGHT NOW
http://www.sarahwilson.com/2016/09/8-bits-of-plastic-you-can-quit-right-now/

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Plastic Pollution Coalition “Open Your Eyes” video featuring Jeff Bridges:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9znvqIkIM-A

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Adidas is making running shoes out of plastics harvested from the oceans:

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/adidas-shoes-made-from-ocean-plastic-are-finally-h/

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The Seabin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiy7WQYQyhY

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These two guys who walked form Mexico to Canada and picked up every piece of trash they found along the way:
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Tesla and Solar City companies introduce roofing that works like solar panels and a batteries that store the power:
https://vimeo.com/189402941

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On TED: How to Grow Fresh Air

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PINTEREST
Project PUT Pinterest page has posts with ideas, pictures, articles, videos and more
https://www.pinterest.com/singbooksemily/project-put-pick-up-trash/

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FACEBOOK
Project PUT Facebook  page has posts with ideas, pictures, articles, videos and more
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3/23/2017 – Emailed Coca-Cola Company about their packaging

This is what I wrote, 3/23/2017
I wrote similar text to both the email contact link/form on their website and the contact form for submitting ideas

Please package your products using materials derived from post consumer waste. Your bottles and cans are used ONCE and then become pollution. The plastics and metal used to make your single use bottles and cans will last a very, very long time. There is a small recycle symbol on your packaging. I hope you can do better than that. I understand cost is always a factor in business. But maybe the Coca-Cola company could be a leader instead in responsible packaging instead of being a leading polluter. Why not make your packaging out of materials derived from post consumer waste or make your packaging out of materials that will biodegrade.

 

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3/24/2017 Response from Coca-Cola

I had submitted this comment to both the IDEAS page and the COMMENTS page and got a response from each.

Response from the EMAIL submission:

From the email submission:
Thank you for contacting our Web site, Ms. Gleichenhaus. We appreciate your interest in The Coca-Cola Company.

Your comments are appreciated and will be shared with the appropriate management.

If you have additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

Dominique
Industry and Consumer Affairs
The Coca-Cola Company

Please use the record number below should you have additional questions.

Response from the IDEAS submission

Thank you for contacting The Coca-Cola Company, Ms. Gleichenhaus.  We appreciate your interest in our Company.

Because of our worldwide visibility, we receive many unsolicited suggestions from persons outside of our Company.  We are complimented that our consumers are interested enough in our Company to want to help us improve our performance.  At the same time, however, we are unable to consider any submissions from persons or business groups outside our Company when the submission relates to advertising, sales promotions, formula modifications for any of our brands, or concepts we have previously reviewed.

We recognize that having such a policy may occasionally cause us to miss an opportunity for good suggestions from our friends outside the Company.  However, experience has shown us that our policy is the best course to follow.  The result is that we cannot consider your suggestion.

We wish to emphasize that although we cannot consider your idea, this in no way reflects on its merit. 

It may interest you to know that working with our supply chain partners, The Coca-Cola Company has developed a new PET plastic bottle made partially from plants. The “PlantBottle™” is fully recyclable, has a lower reliance on a non-renewable resource, and reduces carbon emissions, compared with petroleum-based PET plastic bottles.

Traditional PET bottles are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource.  The new bottle is made from a blend of petroleum-based materials and up to 30 percent plant-based materials.  Initially, we will use sugar cane and molasses, a by-product of sugar production, for the “PlantBottle™.”   For future generations of the “PlantBottle™”, we are looking at using other plants and plant wastes, such as wood chips, corn stover or wheat stalks.  Our vision is to develop and commercialize PET plastic bottles that are made completely from renewable resources and are recyclable.

For more information please visit our Company page:
http://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/great-things-come-in-innovative-packaging-an-introduction-to-plantbottle-packaging

If you have additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

Jahniah
Consumer Interaction Center
The Coca-Cola Company

I am encouraged by the link they provided and will investigate.

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