Let’s boycott Avon.

I hate it when I feel compelled to defend the oil industry.

I mean, there is virtually nothing I like or support about the oil industry. Our petrowealth has turned us into a one-party petrostate, with the big money guys in the Calgary high-rises calling the shots in this province.

But still, these increasing attacks on the oilsands — or “tarsands”, to use the language of the anti-oil types — are getting more and more ridiculous.

It’s very fashionable for companies to make pious pronouncements that they will no longer use oil from “tarsands” — a.k.a. Alberta — sources. The latest to jump on the faux green bandwagon is Avon, the giant cosmetics conglomerate.

Here’s the thing about all these boycott tarsands campaigns that big companies like to support, in an effort to curry favour with the green community: exactly how do they do it? How do you find, or use, non-oilsands oil? Are Avon reps expected to pull up to the pump and ask for a fill-up with non-tarsands oil? Is there any oil company in North American that can say with 100 per cent confidence that they don’t use anything from the oilsands? And if there was a company that was 100 per cent oilsands free, wouldn’t that make a great campaign for an oil company that wanted to sell itself as green?

The anti-tarsands campaigns by big companies like Avon are lip service, and nothing more. If you really want to do some good, Avon, why not boycott oil from Iran, one of the most oppressive nations on earth that routinely jails women for “moral” violations? They’re the no. 4 oil producer in the world, after all.

But nobody is going to launch a “anti Iranian oil” campaign because it’s too hard, and, yes, impossible. The oilsands are the low hanging fruit for the green campaigners, an easy target in a stable democracy. Hey, I’m a big supporter of the environment. It makes me angry to see trucks idling outside 7-Elevens. We’re wasting our resources as a shocking rate, and the sooner we get shake our oil addiction, the better.

But targeting the oilsands is a cheap, easy gimmick for Big Corporations that are pretending to be environmentally concerned.

So, I’m boycotting Avon. No more Skintastic for me.

3 thoughts on “Let’s boycott Avon.

  1. I have been an Avon customer for many years, however, because of their recent decision to boycott oilsands oil I will no longer be ordering any of their products. I sent Avon an email and personally informed my representative that I would be boycotting their products. I am sick to death of these holier than thou crazy green tree huggers who think it is cool to break the law by tresspassing to hang banners and further make fools of themselves. Perhaps they should seek honest employment to fill their time.

  2. FOR SEVERAL YEARS I HAVE BEEN A STEADY AVON COSTOMER.
    DUE TO THEIR DECISION TO BOYCOT ALBERTA OIL SANDS, I CANCELLED
    MY AVON CHRISTMAS ORDER AND WILL REFRAIN FROM FUTURE PURCHASES.
    HAS ANYONE FROM ALBERTA TOLD AVON HOW TO RUN THEIR BUSSINES

  3. 30 years of on and off purchasing, I will no longer. Did they ever consider how Albertans are able to be some of their largest consumers per capita? Not that we all have golden eggs under us. We are self sufficient (and very helpful in supporting other regions of the country) with disposable income in large part due to the oil industry.

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