A lot of people have been talking about a boycott, but it's hard to get a good list of what, exactly, the corporation owns. Koch Industries is huge, and it owns a staggering number of brands. To truly boycott them, we need to stop purchasing anything made by any of the following:
- Angel Soft - toilet paper
- Brawny - paper towels
- Dixie - cups, napkins, plates
- Mardi Gras - napkins, paper towels
- Quilted Northern - toilet paper
- Soft 'n Gentle - toilet paper
- Sparkle - napkins, paper towels
- Vanity Fair - napkins
- Zee - napkins
- Insulair - cups
- Perfect Touch - cups, paper products
- Stainmaster - carpet, flooring, paint
- Spectrum - printer paper
- Lycra - spandex
- Teflon - nonstick coating
- Georgia Pacific - paper products, envelopes, etc
- DensArmor - drywall, decking products
- Georgia Pacific industrial plasters (Used by many contractors and builders; you'll want to check.)
- FibreStrong - rim board
- Blue Ribbon - construction products
- Nautilus - wall sheathing
This is not an inclusive list, especially in the construction part, but I included all of the products that most people will likely run into. Most of the things left out will be identifiable by the Georgia Pacific logo.
Unfortunately, this boycott isn't enough, not by itself. Koch Industries is too entrenched in our society to simply stop supporting it entirely. After all, Koch supplies state governments across the nation with much of the materials needed for asphalt. It's hard to stop using roads. And that's not even touching the fact that Koch is primarily an energy company, and that they make most of their money by selling oil, natural gas, coal, and the electricity produced from these things.
But this does send a message. It shows both our government and the corporations taking advantage of us that we're paying attention. It's a hard, long job, but we can make them afraid of us.
Remember, though: to actually limit Koch's power, and take our country back from corporations like this, we need to change our government.