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Reduce, Reuse, Rebrand? Coca-Cola and Chicago Team Up to Greenwash - TAKE ACTION!

Business  (tags: Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel, Coca-Cola, Greenwashing, community advertising for Coca-Cola, children and advertising, sugary beverage, positive PR )

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What if you woke up one morning to learn that your community had become enlisted to advertise for Coca-Cola? You didn't have a choice. People in neighborhoods across your city were told the same thing. That's basically what happened in the city of Chicago

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mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Friday April 26, 2013, 5:58 am

caca cola = the pitome of JUNK; devoid of any nutritional value; the packaging more costly('valuable'?) than the content, and more spent on propaganda than on production; harmful to and degrading humans (both body and mind); no amount of greenWASHING can help that.

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Friday April 26, 2013, 5:59 am

PS does this corpoRAT (no insult to any animal intended) pay ANY taxes ?


Harshita Sharma (137)
Friday April 26, 2013, 6:21 am

Christeen A (368)
Friday April 26, 2013, 6:37 am
Signed petition at the end of article.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:01 am
In the article:

I thought we still lived in a country where you had a right not to be used as a marketing tool by multinational companies.

My comment:

oh ha ha ha ha ha.......I hope she was just being facetious, for if not, she best wake up and smell the coffee.

Petition signed.

These multiNational Corporations need to pay their taxes! If they paid their taxes then communities could purchase their own recyle bins without Corporate logos on them. This IS the insideous creep of Corporations.

Sue H (7)
Friday April 26, 2013, 9:01 am
Noted and signed, thanks.

Russell R (87)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:16 pm
Coca-Cola is providing a $2.59 million grant to buy 25,000 recycling carts this year and 25,000 more over the next five years to replace damaged ones.That is not a grant! They are paying to have their product avertised all over Chicago. Which will be another tax loophole for coke

Roger G (154)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:34 pm
noted, thanks!

Connor Whitehouse (1)
Friday April 26, 2013, 2:37 pm

. (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:08 pm
I could care less if Coke made a fortune off their advertising. They contributed to doing the right thing.

Helen Porter (39)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:14 pm
So the dark powers are trying to harness the powers of light to do their bidding.

Well it's not the first time.

Judy C (97)
Friday April 26, 2013, 10:09 pm
Coke does pay taxes from what I know, after offshoring much of their profits. they also have a history of whining over the supposedly high taxes corporations must pay in the U.S.

When Rahm Emanuel left his job at the White House to run for the relatively lowly position of Mayor of Chicago, I thought, Hmm...he must have something up his sleeve. This move doesn't make much sense on the face of it. I think my question is being answered. Corporations are having a field day during his tenure. Closure of neighborhood schools with a move toward privatizing education is perhaps the biggest example. Emanuel has been turning over city services to corporate profiteers as fast as he can. I suppose by the time he is finished, Chicago will be a model privatized city.

Iona Kentwell (129)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 12:53 am
Coke are currently running a campaign here in Australia to stop recycled bottles having a financial value when returned for recycling. They have no inherent good intentions to encourage recycling. This is cheap advertising to them. I wonder if the residents will be fined if they cover up the Coke sign on their bin, defacing public property perhaps.

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 5:31 am
In our news a couple of days ago was a warning that just one fizzy drink each day can lead to a greatly increased risk of getting diabetes. Need I say more?

Ben O (171)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 6:50 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 7:22 am
If they really want to be generous Coca-Cola needs to keep advertising off the bins. Noted and signed ~ thank you Judy!

. (0)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 8:52 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing.

Robert O (12)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 11:49 am
Have signed. Thank you Judy.

S S (0)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 1:00 pm
Signed, thank you.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 2:03 pm
Signed, thanks.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 2:55 pm
(Petition is at bottom of article). Signed. Noted. Thanks, Judy.

Vicky P (476)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:03 pm
noted and signed

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:09 pm
Noted and signed petition gladly. I live in small town Alberta, Canada, and we have in almost all small towns and of course cities what are called recycling depots. The idea is that you pay a fee when you buy anything in a plastic bottle, can or tetra pack - also with another very small fee (environmental). When you take all your bottles, cans, tetra packs etc back to the recycling depot you get your money back, 5 cents, 10 cents and 20 cents for the biggest pop or juice bottle. I believe i the other fee is like - 2 cents, but so what, we are doing something for the environment. We can also take milk cartons to the recycling depot. I am shocked that there do not seem to be many (or even any) in the USA.

Kathy B (106)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 5:20 pm
This just might actually reduce recycling, as people may think the bins are only for Coke products.

Ruth R (246)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 5:30 pm
I would think that they needed permission from every individual man, women. an dchild to mmaake this agreement. i would have said no.
So, coca cola is up to something?

Ruth R (246)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 5:41 pm
Thank you Ben for the workable link above. Thank you Judy.

Jason S (50)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 8:42 pm
Signed, thanks

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 2:04 am

Emma S (239)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 2:14 am
Noted, and tried to sign but got this message:

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Eileen S (1)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:28 am
Noted ...thank you for this post.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 10:46 am
Whom does the lady think that in all actuality runs this world? Chicago's not Detroit yet. It could become Detroit or any of the other deeply financially troubled American cities though very easily which is why Rahm made the deal. Of course I'm sure he got a kickback of some fashion or a promised quid pro quo down the line? Bend over just a little bit further Rahm so you can service the client just a little bit more fully to his satisfaction; just like you did for King Barky. I'm sure Carlin would approve and would have something to say about the reach around you received too; that crusty old reprobate.

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:27 pm
Challenge to the hackers: Hack the outfit that makes the bins so the bins end up with an 'advert' showing 'The Simpsons' George Burns holding/drinking from a glowing can of CocaCola and tossing nuclear waste into the bin.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:53 pm
Some group like "Anonymous", could make stickers to put over the Coke bottle picture or logo.
These could say on them, something like "This is Greenwashing".
Or just be blank - like a piece of duct tape.
Or, somebody had a clever idea, these stickers could be put UNDER the Coke logo, saying, "KILLS", with a skull and crossbones! ["Coke..... KILLS!"]

Individual homeowners could put these stickers on the bins in the alleys that THEY had to look at...
And, in a mass action in the middle of the night, some group like "Anonymous" or "Occupy" could
SWOOP DOWN ON HUNDREDS OF BINS THRUOUT THE CITY and plaster on the stickers....

[Then the City of Chicago will possibly initiate or invoke some phoney law about "defacing City property..."]
[The stickers could then be disguised as a little scrap of garbage.....]

I understand that the Coke bottle is in the "recycling directions", portraying a Coke bottle rather than a "Generic" bottle... very, ummmmmm, "subtle", ummmmmm....
Shouldn't be TOO hard to plaster over! quickly!
Maybe even BETTER ones than mine!
GO FOR IT, GUYS!!!!!!!!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 5:16 pm
The Coca-Cola Company, is INCREASING the misery in the world, particularly in the POOREST countries, by STEALING their precious, and diminishing, Water Supplies, to MAKE THEIR FILTHY PRODUCT. Including, read it and weep, the Company's "Bottled Water", under various names and brands.

In other words, STEALING FREE WATER that they don't pay for - adding crap {or not!}, packaging it and RE-SELLING TO THOSE WITH THE MONEY TO PAY. In the wealthier countries or wherever. To Tourists. To the Elite with money.

And TOOOOOO DARNED BAD if you DON'T have the money to pay! Because your own country's once-free water, is now all bottled up.... the rest of the water contaminated by fracking, by heavy metal or chemical factory or mining runoff, by Monsanto, the local golf course built for tourists, agricultural runoff of cancer-causing pesticides, etc. etc.....
And meanwhile, the plastic from the bottles, especially from the bottled water people now are forced to use, is contaminating the oceans and killing ocean wildlife....
Free Water to EXPLOIT, like the Free Land when the West "opened up", is now the New Frontier for unfettered Capitalism...

Tamara Hayes (185)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 12:56 pm
Noted, signed with comment below, twittered and google shared. Thank you Judy.

It seems to me that we have entered an age where the general public is not being given a chance to voice their opinions about anything in a way that has any merit. Decisions are being made without our consent or even without our knowledge and this is not how a real democracy is supposed to work. What ever happened to a government for the people?

Sergio P (65)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:03 pm
Signed, thank you Ben O. for the link

Melania P (122)
Monday May 6, 2013, 2:55 pm
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