There are many causes that are important to me, but one that I feel particularly passionate about is Palm Oil. In a nutshell, to grow oil palms, tropical forests need to be cleared. This leads to mass deforestation, particularly of natural old growth forests, which is most productive at storing carbon. The knock-on effect is significant > habitat loss, animal cruelty, human rights abuses, and a material contribution to climate change. Why is this a problem, because 50% of all packaged products contain palm oil, so a lot of forests are being cut down purely to harvest palm oil for products that we consume.
It is easy to point fingers at the obvious culprits, but the real power lies with us, the consumers. It is simple really, if you care about the planet, which I think most of us do, then start becoming curious about the ingredients contained in the products that you purchase. Palm oil is usually contained within processed/ packaged foods, snacks, beauty products, detergents etc. (image shows some of the obvious ones). It becomes easier to avoid when you start eating unprocessed foods and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Although still keep an eye out, as many organic products will say that they use sustainable palm oil, but really such a thing does not exist. I don’t have a big social media reach, this post won't make a big splash, but if even just one person reads this and changes their buying habits, then that is a worthwhile cause. I was shocked to see that the nappies that I have used for my kids and even the plaster brand that I still purchase contains palm oil! #saynotopalmoil #palmoil #palmoilfree #nopalmoil #palmoilfreeproducts #tawai_film #deforestation #climatechange #climatechangeisnotahoax #indigenousrights #consumerresponsibility #consumeraccountability