Unilever in Kodaikanal

Unilever’s brands and available alternatives are listed and linked below if you’d like to boycott them, for their devastation to humans and environment in Kodaikanal for which Unilever has refused to take responsibility (see 2nd heading). tl;dr: see the petition, block quotes and the list of kind products, the DIY page where all is linked except food recipes and reports on the Kodaikanal issue.

Jhatkaa.org created a petition asking Paul Polman, Unilever’s CEO, to clean up Kodaikanal’s toxic contamination and to compensate affected workers.

Unilever’s thermometer plant in Kodaikanal exposed many workers to mercury poisoning, without giving them any protective equipment or information about the disastrous health effects of mercury. This toxic mercury, dumped around the factory and in forests, continues to contaminate soil and groundwater, affecting thousands. The workers cannot afford private healthcare, and have been fighting for 14 years, asking Unilever to clean up the toxic contamination, and to compensate them for their medical expenses. They need us to stand with them […].

There has been a mobilisation for justice and compensation since 2008. Was Greenpeace involved and has Greenpeace now been driven out of India because Modi didn’t want pro-environmental groups in the way of business growth, I heard about it probably on DW news a while back. In any case I will continue boycotting Unilever as I did for years for animal testing before knowing about Kodaikanal, let us assume they clean up the region and compensate ex-workers families as well as stop testing on animals, I will keep boycotting them for colourism. What an amazing coincidence that they exploit poor brown workers while selling the most popular skin lightening brand I’ve seen in the Indian diaspora.

Unilever brands include Dove, Rexona, Axe, SunSilk, Domestos, Flora, Miko/ Ola/ Selecta, Knorr, Lifebuoy, Lipton, Lux, Magnum, Omo, Signal, Amora, Biotex, Brut, Cajoline, Cif, Cupasoup, Fair&Lovely [which promotes colourism e.g in the country they exploit and here], Impulse, Comfort, Jik, Lakmé, klondike, Maizena, Marmite, Mentadent, Pears, Skip, Solero, StYves, Coleman’s, Dawn, Fruit d’or, Gabi, Glen tea, Joko tea, Lyons, Mon savon, Organics, Robertsons… I’ve left out all that did not look familiar in their 13 pages of logos!

If only there’d been a fairtrade soapnut industry for these workers instead, I don’t know any risks associated with it, soapnuts is a plant local to them and we could use all sorts of detergents made from it (it didn’t need fabric softening), it’s also neutral for the planet. It’s a fact that detergents such as the Unilever ones listed above are toxic to fauna in the environment and waterways. Only a company that will never care would make a thermometer factory near forests and try save costs by not giving equipment to poor workers they targeted for their lack of awareness.

Alternative brands to some of the above detergents and toothpaste and DIY. I bet it’s cheaper Bicarb or vinegar can replace your Cajoline if Dr. Bronner’s can replace Skip and dishwashing soap and personal care, it’s healthier for you, kids and pets (avoid the tea-tree type if you have dog friends*). I will see what I can list aside from dairy-like products I’m allergic to all these foods since long, and most of their alternatives, we have local black tea brands. I’m too disabled to shop or to know what you’d replace, say, Marmite with.

There’s an issue here with kind products, or rather with some places that sell them, I’m yet to find well-informed staff (probably the shop owners aren’t well-informed too) so as well as telling them stuff for free (these days on the phone) I’m blogging all the info I can. Drop me a comment or email if you have any questions on kind products.

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*Tea-tree when injested, can cause seizures to dogs. I do use the tea-tree one as antibacterial after visiting dog-friends – I’m allergic to them, unlike other fur-allergics I don’t use disinfectant. Lavender is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal but I hate the smell.

Men and mice trauma

So human sex (NYT reporter says gender but probably means cismen) has become triggering for mice and rats subject to torture. Trauma is physiological and for all animals, obviously. From Shakesville

[CN: Animal testing] A new study has found that lab rats and mice “experience more stress in the presence of men than of women. Rodents left alone in a room with a man, or presented with a T-shirt worn by a man, had a sharp spike in the stress hormone corticosterone. And because the hormone acts as an analgesic, they also showed less response to pain. The rodents showed no such reaction to women; they were also less stressed when given a woman’s shirt together with a man’s. The amount of stress felt by the rodents was ‘massive,’ said Jeffrey Mogil, a psychologist at McGill University and an author of the study.”

WTF is the point of such a test, really??! To get more funds to pay the female chaperone (that’s the conclusion of the study, all their results have been biased so enter female chaperones)? A reminder that some of their funds may be your taxes and that either way funds could go to actually helpful research. Unhelpful research also do the real tests on underprivileged populations when healthcare introduces the products on humans (the first test subjects of our species). Whatever is done to mice or animals is not science or research it’s pure rubbish… why not quit testing on animals NOW instead of new tests that say ok we admit to bad results but here’s some more rubbish so we can continue waste funds and give false hopes to ill people?!

Humane products – are they all what they claim?

Lists are linked in first tabs/ pages above.

It should be is illegal for any product to wrongly claim “not tested on animals” on a label but it’s common practice. Aside from the cruelty to animals, cruel products are also often cruel to the planet.

Organisations like BWCSA certify products that want to be labelled as humane (and verifying their suppliers do not test either) and they do it free of charge. Animal-testing. on the other hand, is a business with vested interest that goes hand-in-hand with the development of new useless (e.g. with chemical fragrances, or fragrance-masking chemicals) and often harmful products. If you’re looking at products not listed here check the label for official bunny logos, not just any bunny; and the brand names would be listed on the sites too such as if you search by country of origin of the product here. If it is a local product, not that I’ve seen any, maybe suppliers won’t be local and I bet audits can be done from overseas.

I mentioned soapnuts/ reetha before, it’s also called quassia and here, shikakai and perhaps siaka (verlan? :D) is the same. It’s a plant whose fruit/nut sold as dandruff remedy. I’m going to get a tree and find a spot for it in someone else’s yard and find out eventually. I’ve seen branded shikakai products (Are their other ingredients tested on animals? They’re often strongly scented). The powder can easily be dissolved for shampoo and personal care, or as is in laundry – very little is needed e.g. 2 nuts for a load can be reused. People who have land available suck and make false promises. After all, we’re in (pro-) colonial Africa.

 

The BWCSA approved products aside from BUAV’s list in case any shop has begun to stock them. Sadly (quite like BUAV in the case of Marks&Spencer) BWCSA does not support BDS which is the biggest consumer-action since Apartheid because we supporters recognise that it is an Apartheid by the state of Israel. Since Woolworths supports the state of Israel economically, its products should be boycotted. BWCSA has a long-standing partnership with Woolworths, I used to only shop there or with small businesses/artisans. It is extremely hard for me to be housebound and my only mental references are Woolworths products. I should be happy Woolworths Home/clothing is popping up everywhere in my homeland but I boycotted them as long as BDS encouraged that as a tactic.

Businesses are not half as faithful as NGOs are towards them. PicknPay here would not stock BWCSA-approved South African products! In Mauritian PicknPays (3 stores, of the South African chain) all South African brands I was looking for seemed to have been replaced with animal-tested products from France and Australia, products I’ve never seen in SA. I wrote to one local PicknPay and until many months later, the manager didn’t get back to me… eventually in 2015 they closed down.

La Vie Claire sucks since ownership changed (2015/2016). Just as well no one contacted me for the letter action I proposed on this blog before.

Do PLEASE lemme know if people sell home-made products locally. I think one would need an insect-free kitchen/ space which is also mold-free then heat and humidity would decrease shelf life. Unfortunately it means privilege and air-conditioning.

If you’re wondering about the “fragrance-free”, multiple chemical sensitivity is an illness with reactions to fragrances and other chemicals. I have some chemical allergies, not fragrances a priori, but generally find fragrances unpleasant.

If you use cruelty-free in your home, I’m sure you’d like to find your hosts keep cruelty-free soap. If they don’t, you can tell them about it. Fragrance-free people don’t have that luxury, they may not be able to even enter a house with fragrances. Heck, even outside buildings, there may be tar, fertilisers and incense (which employs child labour, then these child workers will suffer from MCS for instance, and die of it). They can buy expensive masks if they get money to buy these online but what they or their friends use in their houses or on their skin has to be fragrance-free.

Our Compass

Written by Michelle Kretzer

Companies that test their products on animals needn’t bother trying to ship them to Israel, because, starting New Year’s Day, the country banned the import, sale, and marketing of animal-tested cosmetics, toiletries, and household cleaners. Previously, in 2007, the Israeli government had banned using animals to test personal-care and household products within the country. But with the new law, which was passed in 2010 and came into effect January 1, 2013, lawmakers have one-upped themselves, blocking products that have been tested on animals in other countries from even crossing Israel’s border.

PETA and our affiliates are working to end the testing of cosmetics and household products on animals in countries around the world, and Israel has proved that a full ban on such vile products is not only possible but also ethically responsible. The EU had passed a similar ban, which was also scheduled to…

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Corpses piled high – they were the wrong size

Corpses piled high in buckets because they’re the wrong size

“Piled high in buckets – the monkeys not needed for UK lab tests because they are the wrong size” horrific slaughter has been uncovered in an ­investigation by the British Union for the Abolition of ­Vivisection (BUAV) in the UK’s Mirror. There’s no graphic violence aside from the photo depicting the title and with prior warning in links on BUAV’s page, please visit it, please sign their petition and help their campaign.

It would be a crime to kill ‘people’ and pile them in a bucket because they’re the wrong morality but it’s not yet a crime to kill people because they’re the “wrong size” slave who would otherwise be tortured and die in some fraudulent tests that aren’t science! The issue is they are being bred for this.

It’s simply called business, all countries participate and anyone saying it is merely a legal precaution for a harmful industry will probably be censored. The Mirror censored a few comments too, some papers censor all of the ones with the viewpoint presented here or the other entry I linked. I’m speaking from months of experience.