When Orange is a Bad Omen

Here’s a poignant reminder of why we travel: to witness places like this, return home, and tell everyone we know what the world outside our borders looks like. And remember: everything you consume has consequences. Make conscious decisions daily, including only buying what you *need* not what you *want*. That’s my new mantra!

The Photo of the Day (should be ‘Of the Year’ in my opinion) in the China Daily today (for more photos of the destruction, click here):

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 A river appears orange in color due to ferric iron contamination in Haiyan county, March 14, 2012. The river, Daqubang, looks orange due to iron ion discharged by nearby factories and carried by water spilled from sewage pipes, according to local environmental protection bureau. [Photo/CFP]

I have actually traveled to this area for research for my first novel and I was *disgusted* by the amount of factories here and the environmental destruction. I was given an apple to eat at a village home and had to spit it out immediately because it tasted like a mouthful of chemicals. The villagers are all dying of cancer too, as told to me by relatives there.

Here are some companies in this area that export to the US and have factories in Haiyan County, China. I am sure there are many more that make components in a variety of objects we all use daily. Please feel free to add to the list in the comment section below. As a result of the environmental degradation above, I suggest you boycott ALL of the below companies and their products:

First, your annual Christmas Ball (made at the Shiquan Unite-Craft Lighting Factory)

Haiyan County Shengan Electric Company

Haiyan Yihan Fasteners Factory

Shiquan Huxi Fabric Art Factory

Haiyan Boying Metal Products Factory

Haiyan County Fuxin High Strength Fastener Factory

Haiyan Dayu Plastic Packing Factory

Zhejiang Lianxiang Hardware Science and Technology Co., Ltd.

Haiyan County Color Bulb Factory

Qinlian Universal Machine Needle Factory

Henglian Jiatan Factory

Sindoo International Lighting

Zhejiang Kaneta Electrics

Guantang Fastener Factory

Dongsheng Fastener Factory

A number of garment factories, including: Hualong Clothes-Making Mill, Yili Garment Co. Ltd., Hangzhou Lianchang Garment Co., Morong Zhenlong Garment Factory, Taizhen Clothes-Making Mill

Haiyan Star Import and Export Co. (with a number of subsidiaries)

… And the list goes on and on, too many for this blogger to list. Please feel free to add here.

About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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