The Dogwood Alliance, an amazing organization that works to hold corporations accountable for the impact of their industrial forestry practices on the forests and communities of the South, is launching a new campaign. Read more in the following blog post from Dogwood’s Organizing Director, Eva Hernandez.DOGWOOD KICKS OFF NEW CAMPAIGN AND WEBSITECheck out the new campaign website:!Will you help us kick off the national Fast Food Packaging Campaign? The Southern US is the largest paper producing region in the world. Packaging is the #1 paper product from our forests, led by the fast food industry.Will you send a message to the fast food CEO’s having the biggest impact on our forests? Click here to send your message.While you’re there you can let the CEO’s know that they should a) use more post-consumer recycled paper; b) use less; and c) stop using paper for packaging from endangered forests.We have been on the road the last couple of weeks holding press conferences and community meetings to let kickoff the campaign. We’ve met some great people, gotten some good media, taken some great photos and videos, and worked with awesome volunteers. No matter where we are, one thing always rings true-Southern forests are too important to be wasted for fast food packaging.You can tell the biggest Fast Food chains to stop buying their packaging from Southern forests. We identified the top offenders and they are… Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silvers, Pizza Hut, A&W, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Quiznos, Jack in the Box, and Bojangles.Tell the 11 Fast Food Junky CEO’s to stop trashing Southern forests for chicken buckets, burger boxes and to-go containers.Click here to send your message today!While you’re there you can check out the new website and find more info about the campaign, including a downloadable report linking the top offenders to Southern forest destruction at fast food? Because Southern forests are too important to be wasted for fast food packaging. Fast Food Chains are buying packaging from Southern forests 15% of landfill waste is fast food packaging The average American throws out 300 lbs. of packaging waste every yearOur fast food lifestyle is burying us in an avalanche of excessive packaging and waste. Every year millions of pounds of food packaging waste litter our roadways, clog our landfills and spoil our quality of life.Southern forests, the jewel of the American landscape, are being destroyed to bring you fried chicken, burgers and fries, and super-sized convenience in a glut of wrappers, boxes and cups. Simple choices and creative solutions can reduce the excess and destruction while still allowing us to enjoy the level of convenience we have come to expect.Join Dogwood Alliance in challenging corporations to change their habits. Our forests are too important to be wasted for disposable packaging. With nearly 100 paper packaging mills in the South, the packaging decisions of these corporations have a tremendous impact on our forests.Take action today! the forests,Eva HernandezOrganizing DirectorDogwood Alliance

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