Procter & Gamble claims to be a "proud sponsor of moms." But it's a lie. The company buys palm oil from companies that are destroying Indonesia's rainforest and the habitat of the world's last orangutans. Because of P&G and its palm oil suppliers, many orangutan babies no longer have a mother. Watch the two-minute video above to see the remarkable extent of the habitat destruction that has taken place in Indonesia.
If you have products that contain unsustainably harvested palm oil, such as Tide, Pantene, Oral-B, Ariel, Gillette and Head & Shoulders, then you are supporting an unsustainable industry that not only contributes greatly to carbon dioxide emissions but to the loss of several species, including endangered orangutans and Sumatran tigers.
According to the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP), at least 1,500 orangutans were clubbed to death by palm oil plantation workers in 2006 alone. The United Nations warns that no wild orangutans will remain outside of protected areas by 2020 at the current rate of deforestation.
About 90 percent (2011) of the world’s palm oil is currently being produced in Malaysia and Indonesia. Indonesia’s oil palm plantations alone already cover nine million hectares, an area the size of the state of Maine. 26 million hectares are projected for 2025. The conversion of a single hectare of Indonesian peatland rainforest releases up to 6,000 tons of CO2.
Thanks to activism by individual consumers and NGOs like Greenpeace, Wilmar, the world’s biggest palm oil trader committed to a "No Deforestation" policy in December 2013. And in the last few weeks alone, Colgate, Mars and the Belgian retail giant Delhaize Group have all committed to going forest friendly. It is not necessary to decimate critical habitat to farm palm oil. But P&G, Unilever and Nestlé are the largest individual consumers of unsustainable palm oil.
What can you do? When you're shopping, be sure to check the ingredient labels to avoid buying products that contain palm oil. Unfortunately, in some countries, companies are not legally bound to list palm oil as "palm oil" and can merely list it as "vegetable oil" or another chemical term that masks the fact that it is palm oil. Check out this guide, How to Stop Buying Palm Oil and Help Save the Orangutans, to make better choices at the cash register.
And please take a brief moment and join the nearly 372,000 concerned consumers who have told P&G to stand by their commitment to being a "proud sponsor of moms" and stop using killer palm oil in their products: http://dirtysecret.greenpeace.org.
Get all the dirty facts about palm oil: http://www.rainforest-rescue.org/topics/palm-oil.