Ethical shopping in the palm of your hand

Wednesday 1st June 2016
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The world consumption of palm oil was 62 million tonnes in 2015. This is set to double by 2050.

Ethical shopping in the palm of your hand

The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK), an environmental charity that supports people living in and around the world's rainforests, has released its annual palm oil guide – designed to help shoppers make informed, ethical choices about everyday items on their shopping lists, from biscuits and bread to cleaning products and cosmetics.
Large-scale palm oil developments in the rainforest cause deforestation and habitat loss that affects both wildlife and local people. The global demand for palm oil has already devastated millions of acres of rainforest in Southeast Asia and now companies are turning to Africa. Simon Counsell, RFUK's executive director, said: 'The expansion of palm oil poses a growing threat to Africa's rainforests, as well as to the people who depend on those forests for their livelihoods and culture.'
Despite this, demand for palm oil continues to grow. Currently, around 50 per cent of products in UK supermarkets contain palm oil, including soaps, shampoos and many kinds of food. Become a more ethical consumer and download the RFUK palm oil guide to compare your favourite brands and products at www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/palmoilguide.

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