I have a 10-year-old granddaughter who cares deeply for tigers and all animals. She has an opinion with information she would like everyone to be aware of. Here is her letter:
Tigers have always been known in fairy tales and books and stuff, but what about in real life? Ever seen one? Well, if their homes keep getting torn down you won’t. There’s this thing called palm oil that’s being put in our food, makeup, lotion, even nail polish! Palm oil is made by the palm nut trees found in jungles. We humans make the palm oil from the nuts, and it affects the jungle that we tore down. Yep that’s right, WE tore them down.
The good thing is, not all palm oil is bad. There’s this palm oil called sustainably sourced palm oil. It’s regular palm oil grown in a place where they have only torn down one jungle or forest or found an empty land space, and planted there.
If you look at the ingredients in your food or body care supplies, you can see if it has palm oil in it. If it says sustainable palm oil, then it probably doesn’t come from jungles, or more than one jungle. You can also look up the brand of the product you want to buy, and see if that brand or item, uses, or has palm oil. It’s smart when you look before you buy, especially when it comes to living things! – Lynne Brennan Siler City