Currently, around 50 per cent of products in UK supermarkets contain palm oil, including soaps, shampoos and many kinds of food, making it hard to be sure your shop is palm-oil free. But the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK), an environmental charity that supports people living in and around the world’s rainforests, has launched its new annual Palm Oil guide – designed to help shoppers make informed, ethical choices about everyday items on their shopping lists.
Large-scale palm oil developments in the rainforest cause deforestation and habitat loss for the wildlife and people who call the forest home. The global demand for palm oil has already devastated millions of acres of rainforest in South East Asia and now companies are turning to Africa.
Despite the devasting impact, demand for palm oil continues to grow. With this product guide, compiled with Ethical Consumer magazine, RFUK provides consumers with the information needed to make informed choices about the products they buy – helping them opt for more sustainable products and avoid those that are destroying rainforests.
Consumers can receive their copy of the guide by downloading via the link or texting the word PRODUCT to 70300 and have it to hand for their next trip to the shops.
For more information about RFUK’s Palm Oil Guide and their work to help indigenous and local forest communities, visit: www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/palmoilguide