Even if you haven’t heard of palm oil, you’ve most likely consumed it and/or used it. Because it’s such a cheap vegetable oil, companies use it in their food, cleaning, and personal care products. Unless you are actively trying to avoid it, palm oil is almost impossible to not use. Sadly, palm oil comes at a large cost to local communities, the environment, and animals. The palm oil industry has been found guilty of various human rights abuses, including using child laborransacking villages, and destroying homes to make room for palm oil plantations. Palm oil-driven deforestation, releases thousands of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, threatens Earth’s biodiversity, and pushes animals closer and closer to extinction.

There have been numerous investigations into the exploitative practices that various large corporations that use palm oil are responsible for. An investigation by Greenpeace brought to light Wilmar and other company’s destruction of the rainforest for palm oil. They also found that some of the companies that source from these extremely unethical companies are Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills, Hershey, Kellogg’s, Kraft Heinz, L’Oreal, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Reckitt Benckiser, and Unilever. Companies and people, like Bill Gates, have been researching more sustainable palm oil growing practices, however, some activist groups are still skeptical.

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Palm oil plantations have taken over 30 million acres of rain forests, destroying the habitat for endangered orangutans, the Borneo elephant, and the Sumatran tiger. Human rights violations are everyday occurrences, even on supposedly “sustainable” and “organic” plantations. The effects of the palm oil industry are heartbreaking. Sign this petition to take a stand against palm oil! Urge large corporations to stop using palm oil, which will encourage more businesses to follow suit!

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