Purchase candy made with sustainably harvested palm oil
Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is found in the fruit of the African oil palm tree, and is used in most of foods we eat, including candy! When you purchase candy for this year’s Boo at the Zoo one simple way you can help wildlife is by supporting the companies or products that use sustainable palm oil, for example:
- Nestle – Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Crunch Bar
- Wonka – Sweetarts, Laffy Taffy, Nerds, Pixy Stix
- Kellogg’s – Rice Krispie Treats
When palm oil is produced at certified sustainable plantations and mills, HCV (high conservation value) areas are protected, which includes areas where orangutans and gibbons are found.
When palm oil is produced NON-sustainably through destruction of HCV rainforest and peat swamps, this destroys critical rainforest habitat for orangutans, gibbons, elephants, tigers, sun bears, rhinos and many other species.
For more information visit http://www.cmzoo.org/conservation/palmOilCrisis/ and for a sustainable palm oil shopping guide click here
Thanks for making a difference.
For more information on this topic, please email Conservation Education Specialist Tarah Jacobs.