Every dollar you spend supports something.
By purchasing fair trade items you support fair wages for the people who helped produce the products; by purchasing organic you are saying no to pesticides that pollute the land and air and no to GMO.
You can be part of the solution by being conscious of what you support through the dollars you spend.
Palm Oil Consumption Is Killing Orangutans
Many soaps, ice creams, soy milks, cookies, dairy and non-dairy products contain palm. Consumption of palm products (including fruit of palm, palm oil, palmitate, etc.) increases substantially every year. Reading labels and avoiding products with palm and telling your friends and family are ways you can help.
Forest clearing in forest area near oil palm plantations in Kalimantan Photo by R. Butler
For more information visit this Palm Oil Blog.
World-leading orangutan experts have identified the clearance of rainforest for palm oil expansion as the single greatest threat to the survival of the orangutan in the wild.
Current estimates are that each year 5,000 orangutans are dying in Borneo, and 1,000 a year in Sumatra – that means 15 orangutans are dying every single day. This is catastrophic for the orangutan, but also reflects the loss of a wider rich and unique biodiversity within the Indonesian rainforest.