Years of Living Dangerously
The forests of Indonesia are the only place in the world where tigers, rhinos, orangutans and elephants live together. Since 1995, more than 400 new species have been identified on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. But a growing global demand for palm oil, pulp and paper is decimating ancient forests. Forests being unsustainably logged or going up in smoke from fires set illegally to clear land affect more than just endangered species that are running out of room to live—it's changing the planet as we know it.
Why is this happening?
Indonesia the third-highest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, mostly because of deforestation driven by oil palm and other agriculture.
Palm oil is used in hundreds of American consumer products—about 50% of items on US grocers’ shelves —from lipstick and ice cream to body lotion and detergent.
We can help reduce deforestation by purchasing only sustainable palm oil. By purchasing products with the RSPO label or Green Palm label, you can feel confident that the palm oil was produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way.