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!

orangutan caring week joint 2018

~The Orangutan Gang

Sustainable Fright on Halloween Night

Are you excited for Halloween? Chances are, this scary yet sweet holiday means you’ll be scanning the shelves for your favorite candy in a couple of weeks. Did you know that Americans buy more than 300,000 tons of candy in the week before Halloween alone? You will undoubtedly contribute to that number, but you can make a difference by buying palm oil free.

Look for and avoid ingredients containing the letters “glyc,” “stear,” “palm,” or “olei”- these usually indicate derivatives or aliases of palm oil. In order to spread the word throughout your community, print and pass out our Halloween Handouts, handy 4-per-sheet postcards with all the information your neighbors need to know about palm oil. You can make a difference for orangutans and other rainforest-dwelling species this Halloween just by becoming an educated consumer.

In the video above, Pangaea Finn, our founder, describes the palm oil issue and what you can do to help this Halloween as she passes out Handouts on a popular trick-or-treating avenue in her hometown. Happy Halloween- and scare sustainably!

A orangutan swings trough his enclosure
Retrieved from http://www.leaderpost.com/sports/Orangutans+enjoy+pumpkins/3748958/story.html

Thank you for saving the rainforest today!

~The Orangutan Gang

North American Association for Environmental Education

Today, I received an email from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). I posted my lesson plan on eePRO, their environmental education development site, on Tuesday, and it had been undergoing moderation. The email read:

Thank you for submitting content to eePRO. An administrator has approved your post. Your post is now published, and you can view it here: https://naaee.org/eepro/resources/orangutan-gang-palm-oil-lesson-plan.

Thank you for contributing to the eePRO community!

The Orangutan Gang Palm Oil Lesson Plan has officially been posted online on the NAAEE site! Please visit the link in the email to see the lesson plan materials online.

~The Orangutan Gang

International Orangutan Day

Happy International Orangutan Day! Today is devoted to educating the general public about how to help save the orangutans and the tropical rainforest they call home. Today, you can help save the rainforest by trying to use and buy only palm oil free products. If you are visiting the market, check the labels on your choices, looking for anything containing “palm”, “stear”, “laur”, “cetyl”, or “olei”. Check also for cetearyl alcohol, vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. Be a sustainable consumer today, because the rainforest is counting on you!

Retrieved from http://www.worldorangutanevents.org/international-orangutan-day.php

~The Orangutan Gang