CONSUMERS ARE NOT INFORMED ENOUGH TO STOP THE HAZE

Dear Editors,

Today ten paper manufacturers have declared that they do not use products from five companies in Indonesia alleged to have contributed to the haze.

They include well-known consumer brands like Kimberly-Clark which produces the Scott brand of toilet paper and kitchen towel, Fuji-Xerox, Canon Singapore and April Fine Paper which produces the Paperone line of printing paper.

More such declarations are needed for consumers to make conscious decision when purchasing paper and palm oil related products. If there is anyway to stop the haze, consumers must take the lead in refusing to buy such products; but this can only be done if companies are pressured to declare that their products do not harm our environment.

Besides paper production that is contributing to the haze, palm oil cultivation is the other major culprit. Palm oil is heavily used in bakeries, restaurants, food manufacturers and widely sold in supermarkets.

If this government is serious about stopping haze, it should not only go after producers, but start pressuring companies to investigate and declare themselves free from vicious cycle of haze pollution.

Bakeries such as Gardenia, Sunshine, Bread Talk, Four Leaves. Restaurants and food outlets such as Crystal Jade, KFC, Old Chang Kee, Paradise Group etc. Food manufacturers such as Ayam Brand, Tee Yih Jia etc. Supermarket operators such as NTUC Fairprice, Cold Storage, Giant. These big companies, together with the government, should take the lead in addressing the concerns of the consumers and inform them to make wiser decisions.

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A.S.S. Contributor

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