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I don't date Barbie who is into deforestation: 'Greenpeace' Ken

June 8, 2011 - London

Greenpeace activists have slammed Barbie maker, Mattel, for using rainforests products in packaging the doll.

The activists dressed like Barbie's boyfriend Ken abseiled down the side of Mattel's headquarters on Tuesday to unfurl a banner saying Barbie packaging contributes to rainforest destruction, reports The Telegraph.

The massive pink-and-blue sign on the Mattel building in El Segundo, outside Los Angeles, featured a frowning Ken claiming: "Barbie, it's over. I don't date girls that are into deforestation."

Greenpeace said the demonstration also included a protester dressed as Barbie driving a glossy pink bulldozer in circles and carrying copies of the group's charges against Mattel to its 1,500 Los Angeles-area employees.

Six of the protesters were arrested at the scene, El Segundo police spokesman Sergeant Mike Gill said.

"Unwrap the glossy pink box and you'll find Barbie's dirty secret. Her packaging is made from the rainforests of Indonesia which are being ripped down for quick profits," said Rolf Skar, a Greenpeace activist.

"The Sumatran tiger is on the brink of extinction because companies like Mattel are looking the other way and buying paper without asking where it's coming from," added Skar.


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