Happy World Orangutang Day! (For yesterday) 🌎
These photos were taken two years ago in Malaysian Borneo when I visited Sepilok Orangutang rehabilitation centre. It was incredible - as was Borneo in general.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have heard about the problems orangutangs face everyday with deforestation destroying their homes because of palm oil. As much as seeing videos of them trying to fight off diggers, or saving their babies from huge fires is heartbreaking, it is not enough to just share videos and then forget about it. As much as I agree it’s definitely good to raise awareness, this won’t bring about the drastic change it needs.
To be fair, I also don’t blame ordinary people for not making changes because I do not feel information on this is published widely enough - the companies that we should be boycotting have so much money and power that they somehow seem to be able to prevent themselves getting a bad name. .
Greenpeace is a good one for giving out facts, and naming and shaming companies. I quote: The world’s largest palm oil trader, Wilmar International, is buying from 18 of the 25 palm oil producers and supplies 16 of the 17 brands. Brands include Nestlé (makers of Kit-Kat), Colgate-Palmolive (Colgate toothpaste), Johnson & Johnson (Baby Lotion), Unilever (Dove), Kellogg’s (Pop Tarts) Mondelez (Cadbury), Mars (M&M’s) and Proctor and Gamble (Head & Shoulders). All products in brackets contain palm oil.’
BE MINDFUL in what you buy. Just a quick google search will list a ton of products you/ I buy regularly. .
There is an app called Giki which you can use when shopping to assess products. Also products are starting to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and M&S are also certified supermarkets.
I’ve put some links below to some articles which are 100% worth a read.