Un-open your coke.

Coca-Cola is everywhere at UNH. I’m fairly certain they fund the sustainability program.. 😦

Why don’t we do something about it? What’s so bad about Coke, you ask?

1) Coke is NOT a local business, obviously. That means the majority of the money spent on coke products DOESN’T go back into the community.

2) Homogenized, “standard” products, as opposed to a unique product offered by a business in the seacoast area

3) Overexploitation and Pollution of Water Sources in India (indiaresource.org), Mexico (ciepac.org), Ghana and elsewhere  (polarisinstitute.org)

4)Aggressive Marketing to Children of Nutritionally Worthless and Damaging Products (commercialexploitation.org and schoolpouringrights.com)

5) “Coca Cola has contracted with or otherwise directed paramilitary security forces that utilize extreme violence and murdered, tortured, unlawfully detained or otherwise silenced trade union leaders”- (Killercoke.org)

Anyways, the answer is pretty simple. I believe we should eliminate vending machines completely, because they waste tons of energy and promote a wasteful lifestyle (eating packaged food shipped from faraway places is NOT green). BUT a step in that direction would be something like…eliminating COKE from UNH! Tons of other colleges have done it, so lets roll!

For more info, check out killercoke.org.



Filed under Capitalism, Corporate UNH, Environment, Love, National Movement

5 responses to “Un-open your coke.

  1. Anonymous

    Yes, Killercoke is a great resource. But, UNH sustainability program is not funded by coke. The UNH sustainability program participates in Cokes “Recycle Mania”. Recycle Mania undermines the very essence of sustainability by, (among other things) encouraging schools to compete against each other instead of work together to build a better world.


  2. Anonymous

    I definitely love this idea, I think that it is something that we should strongly consider as a campaign for the future.

    One serious thing that we need to consider would be alternatives.

    One would be Squamscott Soda. They are local, made in NH. Another is Maine Root, all Fair Trade, made in Maine.

    The problems we would face would majorly have to do with sustainability. I dont think switching the places like Phily Cafe and Union Court over from one bottle beverage to another will really make much of a difference, the problem would be when it comes to the dining halls themselves. The soda all comes from those dispensers and we would have to figure out a way to replace that. The way those dispensers work is that they have these large vats of concentrated soda syrup and when you put your cup under the dispenser it mixes the syrup with seltzer water to make the drink you then receive. Basically… they are uber efficient. So since these local companies dont really have systems like that, they mainly sell bottled drinks, it would be a major project to figure out how to work this out. The first step would be talking to these local companies and finding out if they feel like it would be possible.

    Another major thing to consider is the juice. Minute Maid is owned by Coca Cola. The juice all comes from the dispensers, same thing. A whole other issue.

    Not trying to be the debbie downer here, just saying we have some work ahead of us on this one.

    Anyone want to volunteer to start doing some research?

    • Anonymous

      Right on. If we could at least replace the vending machine’s bottles with local stuff,that would be a step in the right direction. Or maybe we could eliminate coke altogether, finding an alternative syrup-provider for the dispensers as well? I would love to work on this project.

  3. uneducator

    Coke funds recyclemania which the office of sustainability promotes. they dont fund the office itself- but they do give money to UNH which in turn funds programs (like the office of sustainability) and also, dinning ect

    they have a unilateral contract- no other products can be sold on UNH campus, only coke.

  4. Hah I’m really the first comment to your great post?!

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