Save the Planet: Step 2. Stop using palm oil. Palm oil is literally everywhere – in our foods, cosmetics, cleaning products and fuels. The production of palm oil and its consumption is responsible for displacement of indigenous peoples, deforestation and loss of biodiversity. What can you do? Every little bit helps, and here are some suggestions:
Follow these simple tips to recognize, avoid and combat palm oil: 1) Enjoy a home-cooked meal: A meal cooked from fresh ingredients beats processed foods containing palm oil every time. Oils such as sunflower, olive, rapeseed or flaxseed are ideal for cooking and baking. 2) Read labels: Be aware that palm oil goes by many different names, especially in the US where corporations can mislead consumers. Here's a full list, but look out for Hydrogenated palm glycerides, Palm fruit oil, Palm kernel, and of course palm oil. 3) Remember that the customer is king: Ask your retailers for palm oil-free products. Write product manufacturers and ask them why they aren’t using domestic oils. Companies can be quite sensitive to issues that give their products a bad name, so inquiring with sales staff and contacting manufacturers can make a real difference. Public pressure and increased awareness of the problem have already prompted some producers to stop using palm oil. 4) Sign petitions and write your elected representatives: Online campaigns put pressure on policymakers responsible for biofuels and palm oil imports. Have you already signed all of Rainforest Rescue’s petitions? 5) Speak out: Protest marches and creative action on the street raise public and media awareness of the issue, which in turn steps up the pressure on policymakers.6) Leave your car at home: Whenever you can, walk, ride a bicycle or use public transport. 7) Be informed and inform others: Big Business and governments would like us to believe that biofuels are good for the climate and that oil palm plantations are sustainable. Spread the word – share this information with your family and friends and encourage them to rethink their consumption habits. It’s in our hands!
For more information, please visit https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/topics/palm-oil