Forests are being cleared at an alarming rate of up to 300 football fields an hour. Orangutans are being killed, burned, and forced into the illegal pet trade, with fewer than 60,000 left in the forests of Indonesia’s Sumatra and Borneo islands. Indigenous populations are being tricked out of their own lands and are being displaced.
These are only a few of the many scary facts about the palm oil industry happening right now. And do you know who’s contributing to all this destruction? Big name companies like Kraft, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Clorox, Burger King, Domino’s, and even Starbucks. These companies have made little to no commitment towards deforestation-free palm oil (or better yet, not using palm oil at all), according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Environmental organizations, like Greenpeace, have long fought in this ongoing battle with America’s biggest brands. Recently, the organization staged a protest on the lands of a freshly cut down forest, urging Procter & Gamble to own up to their destructive palm oil sourcing. Will the big name company act on this protest? Or will it be another protest they ignore? We’ll have to wait on that one.
But, organizations are not the only one’s who have a say in this drawn-out fight. We, as consumers, have a voice. Let’s tell America’s biggest brands what we really think about their irresponsible palm oil sourcing and how we opt for companies that support sustainability and transparency in their supply chain by signing the petition below:
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