Boycott the Koch Brothers? There’s an App for That!

Have you ever tried to boycott a corporation or CEO you disagree with? It’s not easy. Even if you avoid a specific brand that you know is tied to a company you hate, the problem is that company may own a number of other, seemingly unrelated brands that you just can’t avoid.

So, say, if you don’t want to give money to the Koch brothers, you’re in for a tough time. How can you possibly keep straight in your head which paper towels, disposable cups, or yoga pants to avoid when you go shopping? (The answers, by the way: Brawny, Dixie, and anything containing Lycra.)

While services like Who Owns Who? have sprung up over the years to try to fill this information gap, the truth is it can be hard to keep track. You don’t want to have to print out a giant list and cross-reference it with every item you see in the grocery store. Check out this list: Coca-Cola Company alone is tied to more than 250 brands!

That’s where Buycott comes in. This new app turns your smartphone into a portable device for identifying brands that conflict with your principles, so you truly can vote with your wallet. Just scan the barcode, let the app look up the product, and you can find out exactly who owns the company and what they stand for.

The great thing about Buycott is that it lets users define the causes they’re most passionate about. So instead of automatically sorting companies into “good” and “bad” lists, you can define the causes that matter to you and get a completely customized experience. So you can avoid companies that oppose the labeling of GMOs, or spend a little extra on companies that have come out in support of marriage equality.

If a campaign doesn’t exist for your cause, you can easily create one — and then other users can join your boycott. You can even look up a company’s contact information to let them know exactly what you think of their business practices.

The app is totally free, and currently available for Apple devices. Android users, don’t despair — your version is currently undergoing some emergency maintenance but should be available again soon.

Photo credit: r.nial.bradshaw via Flickr


Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Julia R.
Julia R3 years ago

Wonderful news! I'm going to download this app right now. I can't wait to buycott the Koch brothers and their corrupt dynasty!

Steven G.
Steven G3 years ago

Support Koch ... to a long term in prison.
Petition signed

M.N. J.
M.N. J3 years ago

Pledge to boycott Koch.

Kayleigh Harter
Kayleigh H4 years ago


Dianne D.
Dianne D4 years ago

I will avoid anything that the Koch Brothers are connected to.

Wanda B.
Wanda Bagram4 years ago

Can we Buycott

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Lisa Zilli
Lisa Z4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Ro H.
Ro H4 years ago