WHAT CAN YOU DO?
As a consumer, your power is in your wallet! You can help to avoid contributing to deforestation of rainforests by making some simple lifestyle changes:
Choose Certified Sustainable Palm Oil
Many industry players are waiting to hear that their customers demand sustainable palm oil. Yusof Basiron, CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, says: “The Malaysian palm oil industry aspires to supply what the consumers want. Customer is ‘king’. We can supply RSPO-certified or zero deforestation palm oil or normal palm oil, based on demand, preference and price being offered.” Annisa Rahmawati, forest campaigner at Greenpeace, says consumer demand will be driven by NGO pressure.
If you see that a product contain palm oil in the ingredients list, make sure it has the RSPO logo on its packaging. If it doesn't, it probably means that the palm oil it contains is not certified by RSPO and it might not come from sustainable sources.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established in 2004 to promote the production and use of sustainable palm oil for people, the planet and prosperity. Forty per cent of the world’s palm oil producers are members of the RSPO, as well as many product manufacturers, retailers, environmental and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The RSPO has become the globally recognised standard for sustainable palm oil. Sustainable palm oil is defined by the eight principles and criteria against which oil palm plantations are certified.
Raise your voice
Use social media to put pressure on companies to use only CSPO and RSPO certified oil in their products. Use the hashtag #fernpalmoil to express your opinions on Twitter and Instagram.
We shouldn't underestimate the impact of adding our voices to critical campaigns. Companies address their ties to unsustainable palm oil only when they can see it is an issue consumers care about, and one that could therefore impact their profit margins should they chose not to address their negative contribution. So make your voice heard!
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Tell your family, friends and colleagues what you have learnt about the palm oil issue, our research and the importance of RSPO Certified products.
As a citizen, you can voice concern about deforestation for palm oil development and help to pressure companies, manufacturers and governments to take serious action. Below are a collection of current petitions which need your support.