Elephants and Palm Oil, What’t the Big Deal?

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Palm Oil, it’s in so many of the foods we eat and products we use on a daily basis. Most of us don’t think about the big picture effect it can leave on wildlife. Sumatran Tigers, Sumatran and Bornean Orangutans, Bornean Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Elephants, Sumatran Rhinos, and Malayan Sun Bears are just a few who are affected negatively.

This short documentary by Journeyman.tv below details how the demand for Palm Oil has endangered the Sumatran Elephant. Palm oil prices are plummeting and so is the wildlife that surrounds it as they are driven out of their habitat to support this industry. An article in Elephant Family states Mandatory labeling of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) will help make a positive difference. It’s mind blowing that 10% of the global palm oil supply is certified sustainable, however, LESS than half of the available CSPO has been purchased during the past year.

Want to know how can you help make a difference?:

  1. Share your knowledge with others! You would be surprised how many people don’t know that these every day products contain palm oil.
  2. It’s not too late to make a difference! Buy products that have the RSPO label.This will send a strong signal to the companies and consumers that we demand sustainably-produced palm oil.
  3. Check out this FREE download which shares 10 Awesome Sustainable Soaps from great companies worth supporting because they are doing things right. All are deforestation friendly, climate change friendly, animal friendly and non-toxic!

I think Margaret Mead said it best, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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