Problems with Palm Oil

What’s wrong with Palm Oil?

Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil made from the fruit of the African oil palm tree, which originates in West Africa. However, it can be grown successfully in any humid tropical climate and has taken a strong foothold in Indonesia. Not only is Palm Oil bad for the environment, and a major cause of climate change, but it is also the leading cause of orangutan extinction.

Every year it is estimated that between 1,000 to 5,000 orangutans are killed in Palm Oil concessions. That is a significant portion of the wild orangutan population which is lost–without fail–every single year.

It’s not too late! This horrific trend can be stopped with a little help from all of us. Your consumer dollars can be the key to help save orangutans from extinction. The palm oil industry only thrives as long as there is a demand for palm oil and consumers keep buying products that contain palm oil. The way that consumers spend their money determines what gets produced and what gets sold.

Palm Oil Free Products – Scavenger Hunt

scavengerhuntWe need help to scour your local grocery stores and supermarkets for your favorite products. Check out the list of ingredients to determine if Palm Oil is hiding somewhere in that list. If not, please submit the product for our Master List of safe products to consume, eat, or use! We very much appreciate your help on this!

Click here for more information and to submit Palm Oil free products!

How to Kick Palm Oil out of Your Life

3 Easy Ways to Kick Palm Oil Our of Your Life - smallv2 Working together to eliminate palm oil consumption from our lives, we can weaken the demand for palm oil and stop orangutans from getting killed. It’s that simple! Download a pdf of the “3 Easy Ways” Card.


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    If you are a teacher or student and you want to get your classroom or club involved in orangutan conservation and palm oil awareness, please let us know in the comments below. We may be able to provide you with additional materials, lesson plans, and other projects!

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