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Buycott App Helps People Boycott Koch Brothers And Monsanto

Last year at the Netroots Nation gathering, Darcy Burner proposed an idea for an app that allows people to check to see if the Koch brothers were behind that product.  Not many people knew that the Koch Brothers own Georgia-Pacific Paper.  Quilted Northern toilet paper, Dixie cups, Brawny paper towels, and a few other common paper products do contribute towards the Koch brothers’ revenues.  Boycotting a few paper products might have seen like something non-worthy of creating an app for, but then Koch Industries bought a company called Invista, one of the world’s largest fiber and textiles companies.  That included lycra, stain-resistant carpet, and the list kept compiling until the idea for Buycott was born to keep it all straight by just scanning a bar-code (and can be downloaded here).

The Koch brothers weren’t the only problematic billionaires making headlines, though. Monsanto was an obvious target for an addition to the app for the public attitude towards GMO labeling.  That rolled right into some of the SOPA regulations.  Heck… you could even use it to further a boycott against Rush Limbaugh from what they say about it.

(from Buycott)

A buycott is the opposite of a boycott. Buycott helps you to organize your everyday consumer spending so that it reflects your principles.

Example: During the SOPA/PIPA debate in 2012, a number of companies pushed to pass legislation that reduced online freedom of expression, while other companies fought hard to oppose the legislation. With Buycott, a campaign can be quickly created around a cause, with the goal of targeting companies with a boycott unless they change their position, or buycotting a company to show your support.

When you use Buycott to scan a product, it will look up the product, determine what brand it belongs to, and figure out what company owns that brand (and who owns that company, ad infinitum). It will then cross-check the product owners against the companies and brands included in the campaigns you’ve joined, in order to tell you if the scanned product conflicts with one of your campaign commitments.

Even more impressively, you can join user-created campaigns to boycott business practices that violate your principles rather than single companies. One of these campaigns, Demand GMO Labeling, will scan your box of cereal and tell you if it was made by one of the 36 corporations that donated more than $150,000 to oppose the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food.

Technology is where the ‘millennial generation’ will come to dominate as our society progresses.  Apps like Buycott are what set the younger generations apart for the value they bring to the field of technology.  The youth of tomorrow doesn’t know a world that isn’t connected at the speed of electrons coursing from machines that we can put into our pockets.  The bar has been set for this new batch of graduates and dreamers.  No matter what your political opinion is, you can’t stop progress.

Screenshot from Buycott

Screenshot from Buycott


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  • konnie

    my city operates a kochroach fueled coal plant for our municipal electricity utility. boycotting bounty won’t even make a dent. makes me sick when I pay the bill.

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  • http://facebook Pat White

    I don’t buy anything that I know comes from them. Bounty Paper Towels, ect. Don’t buy their Products

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  • Richard

    Brilliant! I haven’t had an excuse to own more than my $20 Walmart flip phone until now. Mostly because I hate technology following me. But I might seriously consider a smartphone for this, especially if they can expand it to other corporations/rich bastards. Man, if everybody really gets onboard with this, we might really be able to make a difference.

  • Phil

    The app is a great idea but isn’t ready for prime-time yet. It rarely scans without an error.
    Suggestions for improvement:
    1) Improve the scanner
    2) Allow users to input the bar code numbers manually.
    3) Allow the users to enter product names manually.

  • Jean

    Great _fantastic idea. We the people need more control of what we prefer to buy, eat and use in our lives.

  • karen

    Cant find it for android

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    • Bob Cull

      I guess they figure we’re all gullible enough to spend as much as 2.5 times as much for basically the same phone. They don’t have it for my windows phone either. I won’t buy Apple products, not because I don’t think they make quality products, they do but they are over priced.

      • Sparkadelic

        If something works in a way that no other product works – and for the same price (as in other smartphones, all of which are pretty much the same price for comparable specs) – how is that “overpriced”?

        You’re just drinking the Samsung/Google/Windows hype, which tells you their phones do everything an iPhone can do, when – guess what? – sorry, they can’t. Android is a half-assed OS, and the hardware of all phones is roughly equivalent at this point.

        But go ahead – keep buying your half-assed Android phones, and the rest of us will enjoy our rock solid products running iOS.

        • Bob Cull

          I don’t have a “half assed” (as you so colorfully put it) Android phone! Never have, though I know many who have owned them and are very happy with them. I have a Windows phone and I would like to know what your precious iPhone can do that it can’t. I can tell you, NOTHING. Just as your Apple computer cannot outperform my PC. You are drinking the kool aid put out by the Apple marketing group, their products are quality but not superior.

        • Matt

          You do know that Android is a superior OS, right? It is much more open, so anyone can develop for it, post apps for it, and if they meet Android’s criteria, even SELL those apps. Sorry we can’t say the same for iOS. Apple products are much more bare-bones and expensive, and only come in Small, Medium, Large, Regular, and Diet. Good luck doing whatever you want with it, without Apple bricking it. I’ll keep my Android phone that I don’t need to jail-break to use it how I want, thanks.

        • http://gravatar.com/retigo retigo

          I got one word for you and your apple phone.


          I have one, and you don’t, and that was one HELL of a requirement for me, and my phone didn’t cost anywhere near 600+ bucks.

          Oh, and expandable memory. Because Apple doesnt’ do THAT shit either.

  • Marnee

    Thanks….I downloaded this app last night!!!

  • Bob Cull

    Great idea and I would love to get it but there doesn’t appear to be a version for my Windows Phone. I will definitely get it when it becomes available.

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