My wife is also in Avon. We live in Calgary, so this would affect her business if people boycott.
I don’t know what’s true but I do know she got an email from Avon saying that there’s no boycott against the oil sands and saying it was the media who had spun it that way or some such thing.
With my complete lack of trust in the media, and having skimmed the email from Avon, I’m willing to cut the company some slack until I learn more. After all, it isn’t as if the media would lie, is it? (Do I need a sarc tag?)
Walgreens1 has clearly decided to eliminate Canada’s Tar Sands from its transportation footprint.
Whole Foods2 has committed to the elimination where possible of its use of fuels produced by refineries that use feedstock from Canadas Tar Sands.
Actions by Gap Inc.3, Levi Strauss & Co.4, Timberland5 and FedEx6 are not specifically focused on Canada’s Tar Sands, but they are relevant because fuels from Tar Sands are higher in carbon and other environmental and social impacts than conventional fuels. And each of these companies has said, in its own way, that it wants to reduce the environmental and social impacts of transporting products.
Bed Bath & Beyond7 asked all transportation providers to avoid fuels that would counter Bed Bath & Beyond’s goal of reducing its carbon emissions.
Avon has asked its transportation providers to avoid high impact fuels such as those from the Tar Sands.
LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics8 has required its transportation providers to avoid fuel from US refineries connected to Canada’s Tar Sands.9
The City of Bellingham10 (one of two US gateway cities for Canada’s Tar Sands) also has a goal of reducing environmental and social impacts including carbon emissions so it adopted new guidelines that require minimizing its fuel purchasing from refineries taking feed stock from Canadas Tar Sands.
We look forward to speaking with more companies and cities about their consumption of high impact fuels such as those from Canada’s Tar Sands. We are confident that more big buyers of transporation services and fuel in their own way will follow the leadership examples of Walgreens, Whole Foods, Gap Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Timberland, Bed Bath & Beyond, FedEx, Avon, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, and the City of Bellingham