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Shop sustainably to avoid palm oil

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When you eat packaged food, chances are you’re eating palm oil. Now the most widely produced edible oil, palm oil is used in cosmetics, fuel and foods (like cereal, soup, frozen meals, or potato chips). Orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinoceros and gorillas all face an extreme risk of extinction within our lifetime, largely due to habitat loss from palm oil plantations. 

You can help by shopping sustainably.


You can make a difference:

The problem with palm oil

Nearly 90 percent of palm oil is grown in the tropical countries of Indonesia and Malaysia. Today, Indonesia has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, with under half of the country’s original forest cover remaining. Palm oil production is now gaining traction in Africa as well.

Palm oil plantations are also taking their toll on the environment: large-scale rainforest destruction releases greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, significantly contributing to climate change.

With the demand for palm oil predicted to more than double by 2030 and triple by 2050, it’s time for action.