The Orangutan Alliance are an independent industry based, not for profit organisation and charity certifying palm oil free products. The alliance advocates for the end of conflict palm oil, mandatory labeling and provides a voice for consumers on this issue through their Orangutan Alliance Palm Oil Free Certification Program, campaigns, research and activities.
“We believe in prevention and cure, that’s why we actively develop relationships with alliance partners including manufacturers regarding new research into this issue, as well as those who carry out grassroots rehabilitation and reforestation work to restore rainforest habitat” explains founder Maria Abadilla. All of Orangutan Alliance’s profits go back into grassroots conservation projects to promote conservation, education and reforestation programs in areas affected by this issue.
Orangutans might be the face of the palm oil free movement, but there are other animals also impacted by the loss of habitat. This includes the Bornean Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Elephant and the Sumatran Rhino.
Palm Oil Free Certification
The Orangutan Alliance No Palm Oil Certification Programme is for manufacturers and brands, enabling them to use the Orangutan Alliance Palm Oil Free certification trademark to certify that no palm oil or palm oil derivatives are used in their approved consumer products.
There are many benefits to certification.
The Orangutan Alliance Palm Oil Free Seal is a recognized logo for people who are looking for certified palm oil free products. This symbol represents a sign of trust and care and helps consumers make informed choices.
The aim is to support the success of manufacturers and brands that do not use non-sustainable palm oil – we want to highlight these brands and share your stories. When you use the Orangutan Alliance PALM OIL FREE SEAL, you tap into thousands of consumers already looking for labelling choice. Awareness is growing and the desire for palm oil free products is growing alongside this.
For more information regarding the Certification Program, please head here.
Which products contain Palm Oil?
- Today palm oil accounts for 35% of world edible vegetable oil production (Helena Varkkey, 2016 ) with 85% of this sourced from Indonesia and Malaysia.
- It is used in about 50% of packaged goods consumers purchase in supermarkets and shops, but it doesn’t always appear as its name suggests.
- There are over 200 different names for Palm Oil. Part of the labelling choice issue is that consumers who want labelling choice cannot easily know whether palm oil is in the product. Labels can mislead consumers with different names that are currently used for palm oil (a sample list is available here).
- Different types of foods can include palm oil such as biscuits, chocolate, ice-cream, bread, processed foods, crackers, baked goods etc.
- It can also be found in household products including cleaning products, toothpaste and shampoo, make-up, cosmetics and detergents.
The global palm oil production is expected to nearly double by 2020.
We can do something about deforestation and animals such as the Orangutans affected by non sustainable palm oil production by becoming more conscious consumers.
Join the movement to end deforestation at www.orangutanalliance.org
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