The simple fact of the matter is that Big Business is here to stay. No one is going to take down Big Business. Maybe a company here or there will fold, and most likely be bought out and never really disappear anyway, but Big Business is here to stay. And since big businesses like Nike provide millions of jobs worldwide (or has done so since its inception in 1968) and help to keep our global economy up and running, this is probably for the best. Whether it is or isn’t ideal—by whomever’s standards—is irrelevant to the fact that it’s true. And since it’s true it is what we have to deal with. We don’t have to see Big Business as the absolute enemy though, just an existing structure that requires reform. I know many people think they’d like to overthrow Big Business, and some or even many U.S. citizens think they’d like to start a social and political revolution that would perhaps violently overthrow their current governmental system. For them my advice would be to study history so you might actually have some idea of what you’re actually talking about instead of just mouthing off about thing you feel strongly about but don’t really know anything about because you haven’t actually researched it (a practice that’s been painfully common in Western society ever since the Baby Boomer generation, a generation that actually believed sticking flowers in guns would have some sort of effect on police and military force, and that sleeping around with everyone and taking copious amounts of drugs would actually somehow be a good thing for the structure and functioning of our society). If you studied modern history you’d probably change your mind about wanting total revolution or any kind of governmental overthrow (modern history is considered as being from after the Dark or Middle Ages of the 5th to 15th Centuries, after the fall of the Roman Empire, to the modern times; there’s early modern history and late modern history). If you studied modern history you’d study a great deal of colonialism and see what problems happen every time a society experiences massive social upheaval of a change of government; in brief: total chaos, civil wars, mass murders and rapes. For a very modern example, look at Somalia, which hasn’t had a functioning government in years. (Watching the film Blackhawk Down, a dramatization of a true story of a battle from the early 1990’s, would give you an idea of what happens in places with no functioning government. Spoiler alert: a local warlord controls people by starving them out, and many people—natives and U.S. citizens—die horrific, bloody deaths.) That’s just something to consider before moving forwards with any plans of political upheaval or the overthrow of existing institutions. If you still want to do it after that, then at least you won’t be completely uninformed about it.
So, working with the idea of reforming the existing structures we have, instead of fighting against big businesses, activists could approach them about diversifying into new, environmentally-friendly business ventures. For example, they could approach manufacturers of paper products about eventually switching from tree-based paper products to bamboo-based paper products.
Bamboo grows much faster than trees do and could be farmed for paper goods. Paper goods are biodegradable and these goods could include cardboard boxes, cardboard for packaging, stationary papers, printer paper, gift cards, toilet tissue, and much more. There’s a great deal of unused potential with this idea, and whichever company made the switch from tree-based paper products—which support the destruction of irreplaceable eco-systems and releases carbon into an already overtaxed atmosphere—would stand to make a great deal of money from it. And their PR campaign for it would be fantastic. Their pro-company propaganda—and anti-their competitors propaganda, all truthful propaganda in this instance—could make them look like public heroes for the environment, and therefore the security of future generations. They’d also retain a strategic advantage over other companies that might try copy their far more ethical business model by being able to—truthfully—claim they were the first to do it. Companies that become the first to do something always retain an advantage, which is why people often refer to certain types of products by the brand name of whomever made the product first. Examples of this include iPhone for Smartphone, Xerox for copy machine, and Laundromat for a public, coin-operated launderette.
Furthermore, to grow all that bamboo would involve being able to get some farming giant to look into that new business venture—or for the paper products company to go into the farming business. Since vast farming lands would be needed for this venture it could be an opportunity for a company to diversify into the growing Vertical Farming market. (The company Sky Greens is an example of this.)
Vertical farms create the opportunity to essentially stack farmland space, making farming take up far less land space by growing upwards instead of outwards. And since these vertical gardens are enclosed environments it would easier to reduce pesticide use and control contaminated water run-off from these farms...