Save the Orangutan - World Changing Me Quest

Save the Orangutan

Your Quest (should you choose to accept it) is to

Help Save the Orangutan

Level 1: #Find
1

#Find something in your home or school/college/work that you consume that contains palm oil. It shouldn't be difficult, palm oil* is an ingredient that is in lots of things from chocolate to cleaners.

When you've found it, check to see whether the palm oil is "sustainable" - it will say if it is somewhere on the pack.

If it's made from non-sustainable palm oil photograph it and share it to your favourite social place. Please remember to tag us too, we love to know when people are on a quest to make the world a better place.

Level 2: #Swap
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Not panic, use that product up and don't buy it again. Simply #swap to something similar next time that is either #palmoilfree or is made from certified #sustainablepalmoil.

If it's already made from certified sustainable palm oil. Cool**. Continue to use it if you like it.

Photograph your swap and share with all the relevant #tags, to your favourite social channel.

It might take a while to find a similar product made with sustainable palm oil or no palm oil at all, but don't give up they are out there, honest!

Level 3: #Share
3

#Share what you have found. To complete this quest. We mean something on the lines of; an actual face to face conversation with your bestie/aunt/teacher #selfie
or
(if you dare) send a #letter to the company, that you are no longer buying the product from, explain why you wont buy their stuff any more and ask them to help #savetheorangutan too.
or
if you've decided to continue using the product because it is made from #sustainablepalmoil, thank them and ask what else they could do to help #savetheorangutan.

It's not just Orangutans that the production of palm oil impacts upon. In a report from 2018, the IUCN (the International Union for the Conservation of Nature) worked out that palm production was one of the main threats to 193 species on the Red List of species on the edge of extinction including African Forest Elephants, Chimpanzees, Sumatran Tigers, Sun Bears and Cotton Top Monkeys (palm oil is grown all around the world).

It's a difficult one because palm oil can produce more oil on less land than other similar crops. Most experts agree though that switching to sustainable palm oil is at least a step in the right direction.

Although palm oil in food can no longer be described as "vegetable oil" and must be clearly labelled, there is currently no such law for products such as cosmetics, soap, shampoo and cleaning products. In those products it has a lot of different names (over 200 in fact!) like "Sodium Laureth Sulphate", "PKO", "Palmitate" and a lot more.  See this of alternative names for Palm Oil from the Orangutan Alliance. Alternatively look out for products that specifically state they don't use palm oil.
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Level 1: #Find
1

#Find something in your home or school/college/work that you consume that contains palm oil. It shouldn't be difficult, palm oil* is an ingredient that is in lots of things from chocolate to cleaners.

When you've found it, check to see whether the palm oil is "sustainable" - it will say if it is somewhere on the pack.

If it's made from non-sustainable palm oil photograph it and share it to your favourite social place. Please remember to tag us too, we love to know when people are on a quest to make the world a better place.

Level 2: #Swap
2

Not panic, use that product up and don't buy it again. Simply #swap to something similar next time that is either #palmoilfree or is made from certified #sustainablepalmoil.

If it's already made from certified sustainable palm oil. Cool**. Continue to use it if you like it.

Photograph your swap and share with all the relevant #tags, to your favourite social channel.

It might take a while to find a similar product made with sustainable palm oil or no palm oil at all, but don't give up they are out there, honest!

Level 3: #Share
3

#Share what you have found. To complete this quest. We mean something on the lines of; an actual face to face conversation with your bestie/aunt/teacher #selfie
or
(if you dare) send a #letter to the company, that you are no longer buying the product from, explain why you wont buy their stuff any more and ask them to help #savetheorangutan too.
or
if you've decided to continue using the product because it is made from #sustainablepalmoil, thank them and ask what else they could do to help #savetheorangutan.

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