STOP Beauty company from using PALM OIL in their products
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The orangutans forest home continues to be destroyed to clear the way for palm oil - an ingredient used to make countless household products from skincare to cosmetics to even chocolate and ice-cream.
Orangutan populations are left fragmented and isolated as roads and plantations divide up the forest. This makes them easy targets for poaching and sold into the illegal pet trade, and causes fatal conflicts with local communities when the stranded and starving apes are forced to resort to raiding crops.
The Sumatran orangutan is now listed as critically endangered with only about 7,500 remaining in the world. The Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) is now endangered, with populations in sharp decline also due to habitat destruction for palm oil production and illegal hunting, the IUCN has declared. Bornean orangutans populations have declined by 60 percent since 1950.
"The rainforest is being cut down at alarming rates, and orangutans are losing their habitats and are being killed, as a result, faster than we can save them, but there is a solution. In Borneo, small parcels of rainforest land can be a lifeline for orangutans so long as they link together protected forests, enabling animals to move safely over greater distances."
- Katie Cleary
Today a whopping 24% of palm oil is used in consumer goods including skincare and cosmetics. Worldwide demand for palm oil has increased sharply over the last few years. With 54 million tons in 2011, it is the most widely produced vegetable oil worldwide. It has the highest yield of any oil crop and is the cheapest vegetable oil to produce and refine.
The Production of palm oil is synonymous with the destruction of rain-forests which are cut down and burned to make way for commercially grown Palms as well as causing the deaths of countless endangered and critically endangered Animals. The orangutan continues to be the greatest victim to palm oil production and cultivation with their numbers radically reclining year after year.
Today countless sources suggested that up to 300 football fields of forest are cleared every hour to make way for Palm oil production to feed the worlds demand.
Want to do more? Here are a few things you can do to eliminate and reduce your contribution to the Multi-Billion dollar Palm oil industry:
1. Tell others about the problem.
2. Call on your political representatives to advocate the mandatory labeling of palm oil.
3. Do not buy products containing palm oil (for example, by referring to this list of palm-oil-free products), but make sure that your boycott sends a clear message by letting manufacturers and your elected representatives know why you are not buying them.
4. Demand transparency about the sources of palm oil in all consumer products.
Only a few manufacturers – mostly in the organic sector – label their products as containing palm oil and palm fat. Most companies disguise it, referring to it as “vegetable oils and fats”. other English and latin terms for palm oil Likely to be palm oil Palm oil kernel Vegetable oil (if the product contains saturated fats, it's most likely palm oil) Palmitate / palmate Ingredient lists containing “stearate, stearyl” Elaeis gunieensis Ingredient lists containing the words “cetyl, cetearyl” Hydrated palm gylcerides hexadecanoic Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), sodium laureth sulphate, sodium dodecyl sulphate, (SDS or NaDS) sodium Palmitic acid Calcium stearoyl lactylate steareth -2, steareth -20 emulsifier 422, 430-36, 465-67, 470-8, 481-483
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