Green Halloween

Palm oil has become ubiquitous in our daily lives, present in everything from milk to snack food to ice cream. But perhaps the most sinister disguise for products containing palm oil is in candy, sweets, and desserts. Hidden within these diabolically delightful concoctions are palm oil aliases and derivatives, fueling rainforest destruction and habitat loss with every bite.

Although it may seem impossibly difficult to check the labels for every type of candy, our new infographic can help you make educated candy choices- and even contains some recommendations for palm oil free Halloween parties! Click the image below to view the new Halloween infographic.

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You can also find a longer list of palm oil free Halloween candy on the Products Without Palm Oil website.

In addition to choosing palm oil free products, you can alert your neighbors about the palm oil issue or even tackle the most popular trick-or-treating streets in your area with our Halloween Handouts, small, printable postcards which detail how to avoid palm oil in Halloween candy.

The video below shows Orangutan Gang founder Pangaea Finn going door-to-door on Boise’s Harrison Boulevard, educating homeowners about the palm oil issue. Harrison Boulevard is the most crowded street in the city on Halloween night, with some homeowners handing out several pounds of candy to eager trick-or-treaters, so providing conservation education about Halloween candy is especially important in order to maximize sustainable scaring this October 31st.

Thank you for saving the rainforest today!

~Pangaea Finn, Founder and Director

Newsletter 2019.3

We are proud to announce the release of our third newsletter, Issue 2019.3! This issue’s theme is avoiding palm oil, and includes information about the palm oil supply chain and maximizing your impact. You can also take on a rainforest challenge, meet Orangutan Supporter Heidi Hill, learn more about a featured product, catch up on the latest conservation news, and check out an interview with Dawn Head, founder and editor of Products Without Palm Oil. Sign up today to receive our newsletter via email.

Thank you for saving the rainforest today!

~Pangaea Finn, Founder and Director

EE 30 Under 30

Recently I was chosen as part of NAAEE‘s EE 30 Under 30, a group of environmental activists and change-makers committed to spreading the word about many different ecological problems. I’m honored to be a part of this growing community! Being a member of the EE 30 Under 30 will also help me advocate for orangutans, help spread the word, and discourage palm oil use in institutions like companies and zoos from a position where my voice won’t be ignored. I’m so grateful to the NAAEE for awarding me this opportunity and to my advisor, Nuntiya Smith, for nominating me!


This year’s 30 winning activists

Thank you for saving the rainforest today!

~Pangaea Finn

Davidson Young Scholar Summit

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(from left) Orangutan Supporter Audrey R, founder Pangaea Finn, Orangutan Supporter Elizabeth K

Recently, the Orangutan Gang made a special trip to the Davidson Young Scholars Summit to educate families about the palm oil issue and raise funds to help rehabilitate an orangutan. Pangaea Finn, founder, gave a brief speech focusing on the collective impact and her work with a partner, the Davidson Young Scholars Ambassador Program, to a small audience at the Ambassador Panel, and then hosted a merchandise booth in the Exhibitor Hall with several other Orangutan Supporters, raising over $100 in donations and sales of grocery bags and mini orangutan kits. By the time the merchandise booth was closing down, many families had been impacted by our outreach and were looking for more ways to help.

Thank you for saving the rainforest today!

~The Orangutan Gang