This week I committed to boycotting Palm Oil.
Up to a hundred species are now becoming extinct every day (Rainforest Rescue)
Did you know that the production of palm oil is one of the main drivers of deforestation, as vast tracts of rainforest are daily cleared to make way for palm plantations?
Far from being old hat, protection of the rainforest is now critical.
In Indonesia, it is estimated that 98% of the forest there will be gone in nine years and that orang utans will have become extinct in the wild. Now, fewer than 400 Sumatran Tigers remain in the wild
Deforestation also destroys the lives of tribal peoples and worsens climate change dramatically, whereas when left, undisturbed tropical forests are absorbing nearly a third of all CO2 emissions.
Palm oil is extracted from the fruit of the palm plants (not to be confused with coconut palms) and it is now in half of supermarket products.It is even used in vegan products. including cakes, chocolate, soaps, make-up etc.The Vegetarian Society has this month agreed to bring up the palm issue with its manufacturers. – Via
Today I wrote to the following companies respectfully requesting that they eliminate the use of Palm Oil (often labelled as Palm Fruit Oil) in their products:
- Earth Balance (present in buttery spreads)
- So Delicious (email@example.com) (present in ice creme bars and ice creme sandwiches)
- Daiya Foods (no longer listed on their shreds ingredients so I have e-mailed them to check)
Here is an example of a letter I sent:
My name is Jenni and I have been an avid consumer of your products since I became vegan three years ago. It really means a lot to me that you produce products which support a plant-based lifestyle. I ahve especially enjoyed your delicious BLANK product.
I recently learned that the production of palm oil causes much damage to the environment and the habitats of many animals in Indonesia. Habitat destruction is a major threat to the Orangutan population. I was deeply moved by this news. I was very disappointed to see palm oil listed on the ingredients of PRODUCT NAME. I have resolved to boycott palm oil and sadly, for the time being, I am not able to allow myself to purchase or consume your products.
I would like to respectfully request that you eliminate the use of palm oil in your products. I would happily pay more for an alternative that does less damage to the Earth. I appreciate your attention to this matter and I look forward to enjoying palm oil free products from you in the future.
If I get any responces I will report about them here, and I will also e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org