Thank you all for your support sending Nestle messages asking them to stop using palm oil.
Today Nestle (the worlds biggest food company!) announced that they will cease buying palm oil from Sinar Mas. Sinar Mas is the palm oil plantation that supplied Unilever. Unilever was the worlds biggest purchaser of palm oil, and last month they decided to stop buying palm oil after they discovered that Sinar Mas was destroying the rainforest.
Nestle's palm oil plantations were certified by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil - again proving that the company makes no effort to ensure their palm oil is not killing orangutans or destroying the rainforest.
Do not be fooled by companies saying they buy certified palm oil.
Follow ups by Greenpeace will ensure that Nestle isn't buying palm oil from third party suppliers.
Considering the amount of palm oil Nestle places in their products, it will be tough for them to get that amount from palm oil plantations that use sustainable practices.
Sustainable palm oil just doesn't exist. The land used for sustainable palm oil is limited. There is no way to supply the demand without destroying the rainforest. That is why we need to encourage companies to find alternative oils. The problem won't stop until companies replace or eliminate palm oil from their products.
While Nestle's decision is a temporary victory, we need to take it as encouragement that we can help change the situation and we can make a difference in our world.
Indonesian officials have said they aim to more than double the country's crude palm oil output to 40 million tonnes by 2020 through increased yields and more plantations.
Rainforest destruction in Indonesia make it one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world. It also kills hundreds of orangutans every day.
Palm oil is an unnecessary oil. We need to keep educating, and keep making an effort.
We can do this together. Together, we can protect the orangutans from genocide.