In the news yesterday was the details of an ongoing attack against a Kiwi company that makes toilet paper by Greenpeace and WWF:
Greenpeace New Zealand and Cottonsoft are continuing to dispute claims the toilet paper company is damaging the environment.
Earlier this week Greenpeace launched a several pronged attack on Cottonsoft, claiming independent testing carried out by the environmental organisation had found mixed tropical hardwood in the toilet paper, a product associated with deforestation in Indonesia.
Yesterday spokesman Nathan Argent revealed Greenpeace sent four samples away for analysis. The samples consisted of 10 sheets of toilet paper across the range of Cottonsoft products, brought from the same shop.
“We sent samples of Cottonsoft toilet paper off to the United States,” says Mr Argent, “They were samples taken from loo rolls so basically it was Cottonsoft products taken off shelves in supermarkets from New Zealand and then they were packaged up and sent for forensic testing.
“The samples that were tested were Cottonsoft brands and two of those samples of the four samples that were sent tested positive for mixed tropical hardwood,” he says.
In its release Greenpeace says an Integrated Paper Services (IPS) expert carried out testing. IPS is an independent tester which uses the TAPPI method of testing, a method which requires the analyst to ‘become thoroughly familiar with the appearance of the different fibres and their behaviour when treated with the various stains’.
Cottonsoft NZ general manager Kim Calvert says the testing Greenpeace used has a ‘high level of inaccuracy’, and is casting doubt on their claims.
Quite apart from the fact that Greenpeace and WWF are wrong and the company says that their accusations are untrue, I have received evidence that this campaign is being aided by the Green party. Cottonsoft emailed the co-leaders requesting a meeting and were instead passed off to the Greens forestry spokesperson Catherine Delahunty. The meeting request was for a meeting with the Greens only.
Catherine Delahunty emails Cottonsoft with an interesting revelation:
She admits she is working with WWF and Greenpeace and needs their permission for the Green party to meet with Cottonsoft.
I think this email clearly shows the Greens are captured by special interest groups and shows undue influence by outsiders over an MP. I think Meteria Turei and Russel Norman have some explaining to do as to why one of their MPs is having to seek permission from Greenpeace and WWF for a meeting that only involves the Green party.
If this is the Greens idea of helping create jobs then I don’t think voters want a bar of their sneaky special interest group controlled agenda.