It’s now even easier to help protect some of the most endangered species in the wild, including Bornean Orangutans, whilst shopping at your local store!
With more of us being conscious about the impact of what we put in our basket on the natural world, having an app at our fingertips will help towards making eco-friendly decisions when shopping.
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) have released an app called ‘PalmOil Scan’, which checks if the products you are purchasing are ‘Orangutan friendly’, depending on their palm oil usage and if the oil is responsible sourced.
Simply use the app to scan a product’s barcode and learn if the producer is committed to sourcing Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). By making small changes to the way we shop, we can help reduce the impact of palm oil plantations on wildlife.
Palm Oil trees, which are grown in the tropics, produce a high-quality oil that is used to make food products, detergents, cosmetics and, to a small extent, biofuel. The oil offers a far greater yield at a lower cost of production than other vegetable oils. Global production and demand for palm oil is increasing rapidly, with plantations spreading across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Due to the increased demand, many habitats are being destroyed at a growing rate, leaving many species on the brink of extinction with nowhere to live.