A fairly minor lifestyle change that may mesh better with your principles – by not buying Koch brothers’ products (vote with your dollars!).  Easier said than done tho, as they’ve diversified far and wide – they do have most of their investments in the Earth-destroying industries like tree-based paper, petro-chemicals, and fossil-fuel based energy.  Over the past 10 years, they have seen a sky-rocketing increase in their holdings and wealth.  Here’s a partial list of the toilet paper companies and products, owned and produced by the Koch brothers:

  • Angel Soft toilet paper
  • Georgia-Pa­­cific paper products and envelopes
  • Brawny paper towels
  • Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
  • Mardi Gras napkins and towels
  • Quilted Northern toilet paper
  • Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper
  • Sparkle napkins
  • Vanity fair napkins
  • Zee napkins

Other companies and products:

  • All Georgia-Pa­­cific lumber and building products
  • Antron commercial carpet fiber
  • Koch Fertilizer (distributes over 10 million tons of polluting nitrogen fertilizer / year)
  • Spandex components Lycra & Elaspan
  • Stainmaste­­r Carpet
  • Cordura durable “fabrics”
  • Tactel nylon fiber

It seems to be a good idea to avoid patronizing these titans of industry who have no problem with meddling in politics, abusing their billions in wealth, selling banned goods to Iran, getting rich of the further poisoning of the planet; the list of their indiscretions could fill pages.  Of course they are involved in the dirty trees-for-paper industry, the even dirtier and polluting petrochemical industry, hydro-fracking, and more.  They own over 50 chemical companies and have spent untold millions lobbying to have less oversight on those dangerous industries.  Nearly 90 years since the publication in Popular Mechanics of how hemp will be the next billion dollar panacea crop, which produces a higher quality paper product than that from trees, as well as a multitude of other raw material resources – we’re still chopping down trees for paper, and the Koch bros are leading this charge.  This is indefensible, perhaps due primarily to the greed of W.H. Hearst and his publishing empire – we’re still reaping the fruits of the toxic seeds he cast all those years ago.  Everytime you see a logging truck or a paper mill with all the trees & lumber stacked beside it – remember that instead of some company paying itself and wiping out and chopping down forests on lands it has bought, oftentimes with Federal Government subsidies and help, those paper companies could be paying small farmers to produce the raw material to make a safer, better quality paper product – but no, we’re still clear-cutting and using trees for paper pulp – it’s an Earth-crime.  Not only does paper from trees produce an inferior product, but the substantial byproducts of the process are far more toxic and dangerous than those from hemp-based paper.

Lots of valuable information is presented by the NRDC on their A Shopper’s Guide to Home Tissue Products page, with charts listing the recycled content of various consumer paper products.  Of course, all of the Koch bros’ brands have 0% recycled content.

This prank phone call clearly demonstrates just how much power these guys wield, listen to how Wisconsin “Governor” Scott Walker grovels, panders and acts like David Koch is his boss (which he very well may be).  “Once you crush these bastards, I’ll fly ya out to Cali and show ya a good time.”  It’s likely Walker was very excited at that proposition.