How You Can Help
Download our full Habitat Protection Education Kit for ideas on how you can help in your school, shops and community.
1. In your School
Spread the word! Put up your own posters or download our Palm Oil Poster. Talk to friends, family and community members about sustainable palm oil. Many people are not aware of the detrimental effects the palm oil industry has on people and the environment. Start a palm oil and wrapper free school lunch box day at your school.
2. In your home
Shop smart! Palm oil is present in up to 50% of products on our supermarket shelves, yet there is no requirement for the explicit labelling of palm oil. You can support sustainable palm oil use by using the Palm Oil Investigations App and support companies and manufacturers committed to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). You can also read labels and learn about the different ways that palm oil and its derivatives can be listed on packaging labels. Some of the less explicit ways that palm oil can be listed include:
- Palm oil kernel
- Palmitate or Palmate
- Elaeis gunieensis
- Hydrated Palm Gylcerides Hexadecanoic
- Palmitic Acid
- Vegetable oil (if a product contains saturated fats, it is often palm oil)
- Anything containing stearate or stearyl
- Anything containing acetyl or cetearyl
- Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
- Sodium Laureth Sulphate
- Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)
- Sodium Calcium Stearoyl Lactylate Steareth -2
- Steareth-20 Emulsifier 422, 430-36, 465-67, 470-8, 481-483
3. In your Community
Campaign for CSPO labelling! Write to manufacturers asking them to explicitly label palm oil and use CSPO. We can drive this change so that all consumers can make informed decisions on their purchases. Many companies have now committed to sourcing only sustainably sourced palm oil, with deadlines in place for when this is to occur. Write to some of the companies that produce your favourite products and ask them about their commitment to source only sustainable palm oil. If they have not yet made such a commitment, ask them why this is the case and advise them that you will favour companies that are ethical in their acquisition of palm oil. You can also facilitate your own (we can help!) Palm Oil Awareness workshop to engage and motivate your friends and family to use CSPO.
You can also join the push to make the labelling of palm oil mandatory by writing to your State Minister to express your support for the change. Visit the Zoos Victoria Don't Palm Us Off website and select your State to send an email directly to the relevant people. You can use their email template or create your own message.