Love the Rainforest This Valentine’s Day

Would you choose a candy heart over an orangutan in danger? What about a box of fancy-looking chocolates? The truth is, palm oil is ubiquitous in Valentine’s Day candy, and it’s up to you to check the labels. Most all fancy chocolate brands use palm oil in everything, so sometimes a casual Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup selection or a bag of Crunch hearts will be the best for the rainforest. But other candies are getting in on the craze too; Oreo has just put out a new Valentine’s Day flavor, called Love, Oreo, and here at the Orangutan Gang we’re a bit confused. How does a candy that is one of the most well-known proponents of rainforest destruction put out a flavor entirely based on love? We’re not sure, but it sounds pretty contradictory.

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Photo credit: Oreo; Edits by The Orangutan Gang

Be a label hero this Valentine’s Day and help save the rainforest! Your choices at the grocery store can mean the difference between survival and destruction for an animal or plant living in impacted areas. Show your love for the rainforest!

~The Orangutan Gang

 

Conservation This Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, we are proud to present Conservation at Christmas, an interactive infographic with general information about how palm oil might be lurking in your holiday dinner, from “Honest Hors D’ouvres” to “Don’t Let Sides Slide” to “Soups, Salads, and Sustainability”. The infographic can be found here or by clicking on the image below; navigate using the arrow keys.

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Thank you for saving the rainforest today, and merry Christmas!

~The Orangutan Gang

Orangutan Caring Week at the Zoo

Yesterday, the Orangutan Gang visited Zoo Boise to raise awareness about Orangutan Caring Week and the palm oil issue. We handed out loads of flyers and stickers, educating families about what they could do to help save the rainforest.

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Pangaea F, founder of the Orangutan Gang, educating a family of zoo-goers about the palm oil issue. Image credit: Sean F

Orangutan Caring Week ended yesterday, but you can still show the rainforest that you care by making sustainable choices in the grocery store and checking the ingredients on products you purchase regularly. You can make a difference, even if it seems that your voice won’t have any effect.

If you learned about the palm oil issue at Zoo Boise yesterday, thank you for following through and showing that you care about the destruction of rainforest. The rainforest needs committed people to step forward and take initiative, and you can take that initiative this week at the market.

Thank you for saving the rainforest today!

~The Orangutan Gang