(Full disclosure – if you click on the link at the bottom and watch the short clip, if you’re animal lovers like we are, you may be very disturbed (Orangutan appears to try and stop bulldozer from destroying its natural habitat).
For me, this alone is good enough reason to not use ANY products that have palm oil in it (also consider cosmetics, bars of soap, etc.)
*To produce palm oil, the fruit is collected from the trees, which can live an average of 28 to 30 years.
However, once the trees grow too high, making it difficult to reach the fruit, they are cut down to make room for new trees – which contributes to deforestation of the rainforest.
To keep up with the incredibly high demand for the cheaply produced oil, acres of rainforest are being cut down – leading to a loss of animal habitat for endangered species.
In the past 16 years, the quest for palm oil has led to the death of an estimated 100,000 orangutans, according to research.
Other animals such as elephants, rhinos and tigers are also at risk due to deforestation.
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