What exactly is dirty palm oil?

If brands already promised, what more do you want?

Palm oil is a vegetable oil found in more than half of all supermarket products, including chocolate bars, biscuits, soaps and shampoo. The problem often lies with where and how it is grown. To make way for palm oil plantations, huge areas of rainforest are torn down by bulldozers or burned to the ground. When these forests are destroyed, local people lose their homes and amazing species like orangutans are put in danger. We can change this. Palm oil can be produced without destroying rainforests, and each of these brands has promised to stop buying dirty palm oil by 2020.

Alarmingly, brands and traders are not on track to meet their commitments by 2020. They promised to drop palm oil from forest destroyers by 2020 but they’ve made very little progress and won’t meet that deadline. Their failure means products like Oreo, Kit Kat, Dove, Ritz and Colgate contain dirty palm oil. There are still 500 days to go until 2020, and brands have time to turn it around - that’s where you come in. Customers, like you and me, need to put pressure on these household brands, and let them know that their involvement with dirty palm oil is unacceptable.

The brands linked to Wilmar's dirty palm oil in Indonesia

What you can do

Big brands promised to stop deforestation for palm oil by 2020, that’s less than 500 days away. Let’s make companies keep their word and drop dirty palm oil before it is too late.
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If big brands want our business, they need to earn it. If they promise something important - and protecting rainforests is super important - then they need to keep that promise. The time is up for forest-destroying products and producers.

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