Big Companies That Use Palm Oil In Their Products
Start writing a post

Palm Oil Products Are Killing Off Species, Here Are The Big-Name Brands To Avoid

Without changes in our lifestyles, critically endangered animals like orangutans, tigers and elephants don't stand a chance.

Palm Oil Products Are Killing Off Species, Here Are The Big-Name Brands To Avoid

With a government that doesn't concern itself with the environment, it's our turn to step up as individuals to keep earth livable for all species. Every year, there are more and more brands turning to healthier substitutes for reducing their impact on the environment, and in turn, help prevent the extinction of species who make their home in palm forests.

However, it's not the cheapest way out, and many big brands are choosing to stick to their old ways for the largest profit. If small brands can use alternate healthier products and thrive, there is no reason for corporate brands, who should be the leaders in this, to not do the same.

Kellogg, Colgate, General Mills, L'Oreal, Nestle, Pepsico, Danone, Kraft Henz, Johnson & Johnson, Hershey, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, and Ferrero are all guilty for exposing their brand to an overwhelming number of 'dirty producer groups'.

These corporate companies are consumers of a bundle of 25 dirty producer groups that together have destroyed over 130,000 hectares of rainforest since the end of 2015. To put that in reference, an international-sized rugby field is 1 hectare in size. Only one. To make matters worse, there are way more 'dirty' brands that slide beneath the surface which raises the stakes even higher.

Over a quarter of the deforestation is occurring in the forests of Indonesia, which is considered one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. Since 2015, close to half of the deforestation has been taking place in Papua, which had been previously unaffected by the palm industries. There are already devastating forecasts for the future of this beautiful place, due to these companies having no concern for the well being of animals there.

If we want to be able to continue to live amongst beautiful creatures such as the orangutan, Sumatran elephant, Sumatran rhino, Sumatran tiger, and pygmy elephant, we need to start taking this into our own hands.

So many brands offer affordable, non-palm oil products. I realized it was silly that I care so much about the environment and these beautiful species, yet I was using so many products that damage their habitats.

I know that we can't all be perfect, and no one alone can be a superhero. However, I'm a firm believer in small changes can have great effects. There's 7 billion of us on this planet, and if we each choose to alter our lifestyles just a little bit, we will see profound impacts, and hopefully, then the corporate businesses will follow suit.


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments