What can YOU do?

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 11:34 AM


“Let us remember, always, that we are the consumers. By exercising free choice, by choosing what to buy, what not to buy, we have the power, collectively to change the ethics of the business of industry. We have the potential to exert immense power for good – we each carry it with us, in our purses, cheque books, and credit cards.”
  Jane Goodall, “A Reason for Hope”

I think this quote is very inspirational. By being aware what of you are purchasing you can make a difference in our environment. It will take a lot of time for our rain forests to be restored and for countries to stop the harvesting of palm oil but one by one we can make a difference! Just by deciding to not purchase items that contain palm oil you become one more person on a fight to win back our environment. 

Keep this in mind on your next shopping trip:

Palm Oil is also known as:
Sodium Laureth Sulphate (Can also be from coconut)
Sodium Lauryl Sulphates (can also be from ricinus oil)
Sodium dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)
Palmate
Palm Oil Kernal
Palmitate
Palm Oil in cosmetics:
Elaeis Guineensis
Glyceryl Stearate
Stearic Acid
Chemicals containing Palm Oil:
Steareth -2
Steareth -20
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (coconut and/or palm)
Hydrated palm glycerides
Sodium isostearoyl lactylaye (derived from vegetable stearic acid)



Palm oil has many different names and you might not even know that you're purchasing it! Make sure you are familiar with the different words for palm oil so that you can stay away from it!!

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