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

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

Rainforest Friendly Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, you can have a completely sustainable dinner table if you check all of the ingredients that go into preparation. Do you know what kind of cooking oil you’re using? Is there any Vitamin A Palmitate in your milk? The Orangutan Gang’s all-new Thanksgiving infographic discusses the common sources of unsustainability in a variety of Thanksgiving dishes, including basting, dinner rolls, stuffing, pie, and green bean casserole. Use the left and right arrow keys to navigate through the interactive infographic, powered by Prezi.

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Thank you for saving the rainforest today, and happy Thanksgiving!

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Credit: Virginia Zoo

~The Orangutan Gang

 

Iceland Foods Takes Action

Earlier this year, Iceland Foods, a UK supermarket chain, released a video promising that its own products will be completely palm oil free by the end of 2018. This video, with a statement from managing director Richard Walker, explained the basics of the issue and showed Iceland’s passionate commitment to providing customers with palm oil free options.

And then, two days ago, Iceland released this beautiful animated video. Originally from Greenpeace, the video was banned from airing on TV because it was “directed toward a political end,” according to the British organization Clearcast, which pre-approves advertisements. Since when is rainforest destruction a political issue?

Change.org has initiated a petition to release the video on TV, which has been signed by over 500,000 people. Sign the petition today in order to spread the word and take action against rainforest destruction!

You can read more about Iceland’s decision here. Thank you for saving the rainforest today!

~Rang-tan and the Orangutan Gang

Halloween Awareness Makes a Difference!

According to an Orangutan Gang study, Halloween Handouts increased sustainability rates this year by more than 35%! On Halloween night, the Orangutan Gang took small samples of candy from a total of 46 houses, 21 of which had been given Handouts at the beginning of October. One candy was selected randomly from each house. Out of the 25 houses which did not receive information, only 7 pieces of candy were palm oil free, while among the 21 houses which did, 8 pieces of candy were sustainable. This means that 28% of non-Handout houses passed out sustainable or possibly partially sustainable candy. However, among Handout-receiving households, this number amounted to more than 38%. This means that the Handouts increased sustainability rates by more than 36%.

Less than fifty houses were involved and the sample was not split evenly, but the results clearly indicate that the Handouts had a visible effect. Thank you to everyone who checked ingredients in the grocery store last month and scared sustainably on Halloween night!

In addition, as you may know, Orangutan Caring Week is celebrated from November 11-17 this year, and the theme is “Valuing Orangutans Over Profits to Avoid Extinction.” The Orangutan Gang will be visiting Zoo Boise to raise awareness about the issue on the 17th from 1:00 until 5:00. Happy early Orangutan Caring Week everyone!

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~The Orangutan Gang