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Orangutan Alliance is excited to announce an important collaboration bringing even greater awareness to the issues of conflict palm oil, by offering palm oil free products that empowers consumers to be part of the solution.
Orangutan Alliance and Palm Oil Investigations are now partnering to provide a consolidated and reliable palm oil free certification and labeling program that clearly identifies consumer products that are palm oil free.
Why Palm Oil Free?
Palm oil is used in more than half of everything on the shelf at your local supermarket. Shampoo, chocolate bars, ice cream, biscuits: palm oil is used so widely now that it is one of world’s leading causes of deforestation. In the words of the Union of Concerned Scientists …
“Beyond its global warming and human health impacts, palm oil production also takes a toll on biodiversity and human rights. Only about 15 percent of native animal species can survive the transition from primary forest to plantation. Among the species vulnerable to palm oil expansion are orangutans, tigers, rhinoceros, and elephants. Furthermore, palm oil growers have also been accused of using forced labor, seizing land from local populations, and other human rights abuses.”
This important collaboration sends a message to big brands to source their ingredients responsibly, to stop producing products that cause deforestation and threaten critical species like orangutans.
Who are Palm Oil Investigations (POI)?
Since 2013 Palm Oil Investigations have been raising awareness and educating consumers about the impacts of unregulated Palm Oil production and how often it is used in every day household products. At the same time they place pressure on brands to use only fully traceable supply that is not contributing to deforestation or remove palm oil and palm derived ingredients from their products. They also believe in the importance of having one distinctive palm oil free logo to help consumers when they do their shopping.
How about Orangutan Alliance?
The Orangutan Alliance is a team of professional beauty, food technology and labelling experts working across Australasia, Europe and the Americas certifying consumer products as palm oil free. Orangutan Alliance recognise that consumers want to be part of the solution to unregulated and conflict palm oil, so they aim to bridge the gap between consumers (who buy palm oil free based on personal choice) and manufacturers (who are driven by consumer demand) and NGOS (who deliver grassroots conservation programs to restore forests and rescue endangered species such as Orangutans). Orangutan Alliance is a not for profit organisation so profits from their certification program will be going to fund grassroots conservation and forest projection.
What does the collaboration between POI and OA mean for consumers?
This new collaboration between Orangutan Alliance and Palm Oil Investigations has three clear benefits for consumers, manufacturers and the general public.
(1) One clear Palm Oil Free logo.
Palm Oil Investigations and Orangutan Alliance are encouraging consolidation of palm oil free labeling around the world. No more confusion. When you go shopping look for the Orangutan Alliance palm oil free logo on the product label. You’ll know that the product has been checked by food technology and beauty professionals and is palm oil free. You’ll also know that the certification of this product has contributed to reforestation and orangutan rescue projects.
(2) A stronger, clearer voice to end conflict palm oil
Two distinct organisations with one clear voice. Orangutan Alliance and Palm Oil Investigations are both committed to eliminating unregulated and conflict palm oil. Meaning palm oil that is grown and produced without regard for the law or the environment including forests, the animals or the people who live on the land.
(3) More environmental reporting
Now Palm Oil Investigations (POI) has an accurate and reliable palm oil free certification partner they are concentrating on wider and louder environmental awareness campaigns. More people will learn about the devastating impacts of unregulated and conflict palm oil. More people will learn how their choices at the supermarket can make a difference to the future of the Orangutans (and our planet earth). More big brands will be forced to pay attention to consumer demands for ethical products.
What can you do to help right now?
Our earth is one large community which connects us all. And if we all work together we can still save the orangutans, this is our strongest reason for hope. Us. You and me.
We at Orangutan Alliance and our friends over at Palm Oil Investigations ask you today to …
• Get educated. Learn about the problem of unregulated and conflict palm oil.
• Look for our palm oil free certification or tag a brand to get certified
• Support our friends at Palm Oil Investigations (POI)
The collaboration between Palm Oil Investigations (POI) and Orangutan Alliance is a reason to celebrate. As more of us from consumers to environmental groups unite our voice, the more chance manufacturers and regulators of consumer products will listen.
World Forests Day is an international day to celebrate the ‘lungs of our planet’ and to recognise the contribution that trees make to our lives. This year, International Day of Forests 2018 is being used to promote the key role that forests play in the sustainable development of cities.
Did you know that over the next 30 years more than 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities? And while we do agree that making trees a fundamental part of urban expansion is essential. We at Orangutan Alliance also want to use World Forests Day as a reminder of the plight of the world’s significant forests and the rapid rate at which they are diminishing.
This March 15th, Orangutan Alliance would like to recognise World Consumer Rights Day 2018. A time to bring awareness across the world to unsafe, unfair and unethical practices that affect consumers.
“Do we really need always to be able to just get anything we want at any time just because we pay money for it? And do we ever think about the often forced child labour that’s been used to grow some of these foods so that we can get them cheaply because the labour is cheap or even not paid for at all?”
Dr Jane Goodall, Environmentalist, Researcher (Chimpanzees)
Consumers International (for almost 60 years) has been tirelessly campaigning for consumer rights all over the world, and we at Orangutan Alliance are especially interested in consumer rights relating to the ethical conduct of producers and promoting sustainable consumption.
So what are consumer rights?
Apart from the fundamental right to access essentials (sufficient food, clothing, shelter, health care, education, public utilities, water and sanitation); consumer rights also include the right to be protected against products, production processes and services which are hazardous to health or life.
And who polices consumer rights?
In a sense we all do. Consumer Rights are outlined in the United Nations Guidelines on Consumer Protection and are recognised internationally by the governments of UN member nations. But it’s up to us to let our governments know we take those consumer rights very seriously.
Orangutan Alliance is a consumer interest group
As a consumer interest and and product certification organisation, Orangutan Alliance is currently advocating for greater transparency in product labeling. We believe consumers have the right to know exactly which ingredients are used in the products we buy, as well as how they have been sourced.
If you’ve been following our work you’ll know that we are raising awareness on the environmental costs of conflict palm oil and in the absence of transparency consider palm oil free options. In several countries, it’s almost impossible to know if palm oil has been used or even how its sourced during manufacturing.
What are these funny names listed below?
Oh they’re just a few of the MORE THAN 200 ways palm oil can be listed on a product label. Why not use World Consumer Rights Day to write to your local member of government and ask that palm oil be clearly labeled on consumer products and refer to your own rights to be given the facts needed to make an informed choice.
GLYCERIN OR GLYCEROL (442)
ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE
+ 200 more
Consumers International and World Consumer Rights Day also promotes sustainable consumption (which we at Orangutan Alliance also support). Sustainable consumption is all about doing more with less and being a more responsible consumer.
“There is no definitive way to be a ‘sustainable and responsible consumer’. This can simply mean reconsidering a purchase; fixing or reusing an existing product; or choosing a product certified as having a beneficial environmental or social impact.”
Orangutan Alliance PALM OIL FREE Certification
Consumers International suggest that choosing products certified for positive social impact is a big part of being a sustainable and responsible consumer. If you aren’t already aware, Orangutan Alliance can certify consumer food, household and beauty products as 100% palm oil free. Why not use World Consumer Rights Day 2018 as your catalyst for change. Switch to ethical brands or fully traceable supply chains. Take a stand against deforestation. And a stand for the future safety of orangutans and other vulnerable species.
Take a stand for consumers everywhere
Orangutan Alliance is all about the promotion of consumer rights, ethical trading, clear product labeling.. To find out more about our work and palm oil free certification, read our blogs or visit our website www.orangutanalliance.org. Choose with your BUY. Join us.
Do you are a friend who has an online shop or food business? Are you interested on what's new food trends are forecasted for the next year? Then you should read this post. Mintel, a global market intelligence agency has recently published their consumer food and drinks futures trend for 2018.
They have found similar consumer sentiments to our own research here at Orangutan Alliance HQ, regarding the rise of consumer demand around ethical and environmental labelling for products.
Full disclosure on food continues to be high on the agenda as is individuality and sustainability. We have listed below some general themes from their report.
1. Full Disclosure
Full disclosure on food labels is a growing trend that is here to stay.
Internationally, consumers are looking for transparency in the supply chain not just for health and safety reasons but also for ethical and environmental reasons. Many consumers around the world lack trust in regulatory systems and manufacturers because of product recalls, scandals and suspicion.
Ethical and environmental claims on packaging such as environmentally friendly, palm oil free, animal and human welfare claims has seen a rise of 22% between 2016 and 2017. Consumer skepticism has seen the need for food and drink manufacturers to be forthcoming about their ingredients, production processes and supply chains.
According to Mintel, Food and drink transparency serve a single purpose – to help consumers feel more confident about the safety and purity of the food and drink they purchase.
While this report was primarily done for food, we are seeing a similar trend in the beauty sector.
2. Self Care
Consumers are looking for ways to escape stress and overwhelm in their lives, and are trying to focus back on self-care and balance. They are developing their own definitions of what a healthy diet and lifestyle means and what permissible indulgence is. Manufacturers are responding with products that try and achieve health and indulgence. Products following this trend include chamomile infused drinks that mix relaxation and indulgence and super juices that provide a healthy boost.
Generally consumers try to eat healthily using more natural and nutritional ingredients of fruits, vegetables, grains, and spices, but balance good food, with a healthy indulgence of occasional treats that provide relaxation and self care properties.
3. New Sensations
Encounters that appeal to multiple senses can provide consumers with relief from routine and stress. This includes feast with your eyes experiences that generate like worthy social media posts. Texture and colour continue to be a big trend in 2018 as food and drink companies use the allure of ingredients like turmeric, matcha , activated charcoal, chunky yoghurt, tapioca pearls to create vibrant drinks and “share” worthy experiences.
4. Preferential Treatment
In the bid to save time and money consumers are sampling a variety of channels and technologies when shopping for food and drink. They are looking for prompt, affordable delivery, ease of automatic replenishment and simplicity of synchronisation with devices.
Busy consumers are attracted to e-commerce sites, apps and a variety of online and mobile options. Technology is helping with effortless shopping, convenience and personalised recommendations. Retailer apps will grow and continue to assist with curated content to personalise selections based on on previous purchases or search preferences.
5. Scientific Solutions to Food Supply
Some forward looking companies are developing solutions to replace traditional farms and factories with scientifically engineered ingredients such as laboratory grown meat, plant based burgers and animal free dairy. These new solutions aim to potentially alleviate some of the pressure that our global food supply is under.
While currently this trend is growing in more environmentally focussed consumers, researchers believe it will also appeal to consumers who are concerned about ingredient purity.
With International Orangutan Day coming up on the 19th of August, The Orangutan Alliance, a not for profit organisation, promoting “products created with care” through a NO PALM OIL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM completed new research showing the trend and growing buying power of the emerging ‘conscious consumer.’
The trend showed that while value for money and quality was still an important choice for every day households, trust and sustainability are now considered as part of the purchase choice. The top 5 concerns of grocery buyers are when it comes to products they purchase are:
1.Country of origin
2.Presence of preservatives
4.Presence of palm oil
In the light of labeling choice concerns, 70% of consumers believed a no palm oil claim and a sustainability claim would impact their purchase decision with 45% willing to pay up to 10% more for a suitable product.
“Consumers are becoming more informed, socially aware and are starting to purchase based on values.” said Maria Abadilla from the Orangutan Alliance.
“Look at successful brands like Nuttvia, Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies, Thank You and Planet Ark who are changing the brand economy and creating products that provide solutions for the consumers and the planet.”
“If consumer demand is where change starts, then this is a starting indication for manufacturers to work towards transparency in labeling and more sustainable practices.” said Maria
Orangutan Alliance certified Australian brand Nuttvia from the makers of Natvia Sweetener is proving to be a success story, responding to both sugar and non-sustainable palm oil concerns with a product solution.
The Orangutan Alliance mission is to promote products created with care that do not contain non-sustainable palm oil in its production through its Certification Program.
Profits from this program go toward supporting grass roots projects including reforestation, conservation in areas affected by non-sustainable palm oil. The Orangutan Alliance supports clear labeling of palm oil in all products to provide consumers purchase choice.
To find out more about Orangutan Alliance visit www.orangutanalliance.org