An Iceland advert recently highlighted the plight of orangutans as rainforests continue to be destroyed for palm oil. The high street supermarket shared the ad via its Twitter page after it was banned by watchdog Clearcast, which explained it is “concerned it doesn’t comply with the political rules”. The short advert, titled Rang-Tan, starts with a little girl wondering how to get a mischievous baby orangutan out of her room. But when she asks him how he came to be there in the first place, he shows the girl a digger ripping up trees as his mum lies dying. "There’s a human in my forest and I don’t know what to do. He took away my mother and I’m scared he’ll take me too," the voiceover says. The supermarket chain has pledged to remove palm oil from all its own-brand products by the end of the year. But what is palm oil found in? There are some everyday products that contain palm oil that may surprise you. Some kinds of lipstick are said to … [Read more...] about Surprising everyday palm oil products to avoid if you want to save orangutans
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Iceland recently unveiled its hard-hitting Christmas advert, which was banned from TV after being deemed too “political” by Clearcast. The 90-second short, originally made by environmental organisation Greenpeace, highlights the impact that production of palm oil can have on the environment by depicting the plight of an orangutan that had lost its home due to deforestation. Palm oil is used in a myriad of household products, including shampoo, margarine and soap. So what is palm oil, what products contain it and why is it bad for the environment? Here’s everything you need to know: What is palm oil? Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil that comes from palm oil trees. Palm oil trees can be found in Africa, Asia, North America and South America, many of which are grown on plantations. 85 per cent of all palm oil that’s produced is exported from Indonesia and Malaysia, according to the organisation Say No To Palm Oil. Why is palm oil bad for the … [Read more...] about Which products contain palm oil and why is it bad for the environment?
You've probably heard about Iceland's Christmas advert being 'banned' for being 'too political' as it campaigns against the use of palm oil in food and toiletries. The 90-second cartoon, which won't be shown on TV but has been uploaded to YouTube by the supermarket, depicts the destruction palm oil harvesting can cause to a baby orangutan's habitat . The clip has been streamed more than 3 million times from Iceland's YouTube account. Iceland has pledged to remove palm oil from all of its own-brand food by the end of the year. Its mince pies are already palm oil free, and are even stocked in upmarket Selfridges stores. So why is palm oil controversial, or bad? What is palm oil? Palm oil is a vegetable fat extracted from palm trees, particularly the West African oil palm, a tree which was introduced to South-east Asia in the 19th century. The oil is high in saturated fats, but low in trans fats. Health concerns over trans fats' links to high levels of cholesterol have led to … [Read more...] about Iceland banned ad: why palm oil is ‘bad’ and what products it is in
Science & Environment By Helen Briggs BBC News 14 August 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45146581 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Endangered monkeys and apes could face new risks if Africa becomes a big player in … [Read more...] about Warning of palm oil threat to primates
Catering staff at the University of Chester have changed their recipes to ensure all their food is created with sustainable palm oil if required. The University of Chester has been given Sustainable Palm Oil City Champion status by the zoo as part of its campaign to create a demand in the UK for sustainable palm oil. And as a result, caterers at the university have been working closely with suppliers to ensure that every product sold across the institution’s catering outlets that contains palm oil comes from a sustainable source. Over the past few decades, numerous species have been put at risk due to habitat loss and conversion of forests for unsustainable agricultural use in Borneo and Sumatra, which is why conservation efforts are vitally important to protect the islands’ biodiversity. And as palm oil is highly profitable, as the most high yielding and versatile product on the market, demand for it is increasing. Chester Zoo is working with a number of conservation … [Read more...] about Chester could be world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City