New Year’s Resolutions: 6 Simple Steps Towards Sustainability

Happy New Year! Despite the change of date the palm oil issue is just as much of an issue- and that’s why the Orangutan Gang encourages you to make some New Year’s resolutions and maximize your impact.

  • Check milk labels. Some types of skim and lowfat milk actually contain palm oil, in the form of Vitamin A Palmitate. You can avoid this by buying whole milk or finding a sustainable brand.
  • Find palm oil free crackers. The popular brand Ritz Crackers actually uses palm oil in their products; finding a brand without palm oil is as easy as checking a label.
  • Switch to sustainable soap. Finding a brand of palm oil free soap can be surprisingly difficult; the best across-the-board option seems to be Hand In Hand. But if you can’t find Hand In Hand near you, you might want to start searching for a different brand, such as JD Bauer Botanicals on Etsy. You can also look for a local brand. In Boise, one such brand is Our Planet Soap.
  • Use green toothpaste. Earthpaste and Davids are two types of sustainable toothpaste among a sea of palm oil-containing brands.
  • Download a scanner app. The free PalmSmart app will allow you to tell which products are unsustainable. It doesn’t make a distinction between RSPO-certified products and those which are actually palm oil free, but it will allow you to filter out the worst products.
  • Share these resolutions! You can spread the word, encouraging others to take action and help save the rainforest.

Happy New Year, and have a sustainable day!

~Pangaea Finn, Founder and Director

Newsletter 2019.4

We are proud to announce the release of our fourth newsletter, Issue 2019.4! This issue’s theme is changemakers, and includes information about making a difference and maximizing your impact. You can also take on a rainforest challenge, meet Orangutan Supporter Jack, learn more about a featured product, catch up on the latest conservation news, and check out an interview with Lea Rainey, founder and editor of Roots Zero-Waste MarketSign up today to receive our newsletter via email.

Thank you for saving the rainforest today!

~Pangaea Finn, Founder and Director

Thoughtful Thanksgiving

Did you know that your Thanksgiving dinner this year could be hiding palm oil derivatives and rainforest destruction? Many common Thanksgiving dishes contain different types of palm oil derivatives and unsustainable ingredients, even if you’re planning on making them yourself. But you can help save the rainforest this year during your last-minute Thanksgiving shopping by checking the ingredients on anything you buy. Our interactive infographic below will help you by suggesting specific ingredients and products to watch for.

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Happy Thanksgiving, and have a sustainable day!

~Pangaea Finn, Founder and Director

Boo at the Zoo

The Orangutan Gang visited Zoo Boise yesterday to host an info station at Boo at the Zoo! Founder Pangaea Finn educated consumers about the palm oil issue and sustainable Halloween candy options. Boo at the Zoo is the most popular zoo event year-round and hosts thousands of visitors in costume.

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Many different kinds of Halloween candy contain unsustainable, rainforest-destroying palm oil, including popular choices like Kit Kat and Snickers. If you’re planning to hand out Halloween candy his year, you can help save the rainforest by choosing and handing out sustainable, palm oil free candies like Crunch and chocolate M&M’s. You can also learn more about sustainable versus unsustainable Halloween candy on the Products Without Palm Oil website or through our newest Halloween infographic below.

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Thank you for saving the rainforest and have a green Halloween!

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~Pangaea Finn, Founder and Director