Every month the Green Kids Club will be issuing a challenge to all Green Kids Clubbers to help the earth. This month's challenge:
In honor of our new book, Princess, let's take a look at . You may have heard of a connection between palm oil plantations in SE Asia and loss of habitat for orangutans. What exactly is palm oil? It's shocking how many of the products in our homes contain palm oil. Once you , you'll find it's in everything from peanut butter and margarine to shampoo and toothpaste to makeup and noodles. Your challenge this month is just to be an . Check labels to ensure that what you buy is palm oil-free (it has many names) or that the palm oil is , which means that they did not tear down new forest to make it. If consumers can stem the demand for cheap palm oil, maybe we can affect the rate of deforestation caused by palm oil production.
For more information, Takepart has a great, short video to learn more about this issue or research orangutans and how you can help from our partner, the Orang Utan Republik Foundation. Greenpeace has also issued a report card for various companies and their stance in the palm oil industry, so you can see who is falling short and who is enacting change.