15 April 2011

Every Time You Buy Lycra, a Polar Bear Dies

Polar Bear

Steve from Bristol sent us an amusing email stemming from the recent Every Time a Bicycle is Stolen a Fairy Dies post.

As he puts it, Every Time You Buy Lycra, a Polar Bear Dies. He explains:

"It's worth noting that since 2004, Lycra and coolmax fabrics have been owned by Koch Industries.

The brothers who own most of this company don't believe in global warming - and also think if it is true, it could be good for the planet. Ironically, they are one of the top 10 air polluters in the US, according to a report from last year by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute.

Here's an article about the brothers from NPR.

And here's an article about the brothers and their support of right-wing causes, including the bit about air pollution from The New Yorker.

The conclusion is: if you own old Lycra or Coolmax you are untainted. If, however, you bought stuff after 2004 then you fund Sarah Palin and other mad people, and if you buy lycra now you only make things worse.

Whereas Merino wool only helps sheep."