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Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) CSPO represents the certification process where palm oil growers must commit to real credible sustainability standards through time-bound plans. There is an increasing demand for palm oil that is sustainably certified in Europe and North America, including big names such as Walmart, Unilever and Nestle. As of 2011, CSPO represented over 10% of the global palm oil market but this has increased in recent years and is projected to increase in coming years. The certification process consists of reviewing existing production operations and identifying areas that must be improved to reach the CSPO standards to then be approved by a certification body. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) The RSPO is a multi-stakeholder organization that was founded in 2004 as a response to pressure from the negative attention the industry was getting for its environmental and social impacts.

Easy, No-fail Homemade Soap Recipes HAND-MILLED SOAP MAKING RECIPES for SAGE SOAP Photo by Malene Thyssen Here is a soap that you can rebatch, call your own and here you are making soap without using lye or caustic soda. Therefore it is safe, fun and can be used for kids crafts too. Grate 2 cups of your chosen store-bought white soap, or your homemade Castile soap Place grated soap in a heat-resistant glass bowl Add 1/4 cup of water Take a pot of water simmer over a low heat. Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup rubbed sage. Take a suitable mold, such as an ice cream box, which as been pre-smeared in a thin coating of petroleum jelly to ensure that your soap will be released easily. Pour your soap into the mold and place in fridge to set. Once set remove from fridge and release from mold. Once your soap is dry, cut up your bars accordingly and wrap as desired. This is a basic homemade soap recipe that you can then use to substitute sage for oatmeal, add a teaspoon of saffron or paprika for coloring etc. Grate the soap. 4 oz olive oil

'Palmed Off': Is Your Dinner Killing Orangutans? When I found Max, he couldn’t walk. He was disorientated and terrified, and the burns to his feet and body were severe. He was one of several hundred orangutans displaced by forest clearing outside Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park in 2006. He had become separated from his family after plantation workers cruelly herded escaping orangutans back to the burning jungle—and away from precious plantation land. No more than one year old, Max had fought successfully against the trapping, hunting and forest clearing industries that endangered his short life. Palm oil monoculture is “palming” off orangutans in giant numbers, pushing the once abundant species closer than ever to extinction. These same scientists predict the species could be extinct by 2023. Palm Oil: The Other Kind of Oil Spill Palm oil plantations are used to harvest and process palm oil, an edible plant oil derived from the fleshy middle layer of the fruit of the oil palm. Will you stop using products that contain palm oil?

Save The Orangutan Indonesia - Habitat for Survival Project - Rainforest Rescue ShareThis Rainforest Rescue’s Orangutan Habitat for Survival Project is working in partnership with the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) in North Sumatra to save the Orangutan by restoring and protecting critical Orangutan habitat in the Gunung Leuser National Park . This is being achieved through the planting of rainforest plant species, the removal of illegally planted Oil Palms, and the prevention of further clearing of the rainforest. Our project is also educating the local community on the importance of the rainforest and threats to Orangutan survival , as well as providing alternative and sustainable employment through rainforest restoration.

How environmental degradation harms humanity Take malaria, which sickens half a billion people every year and kills a million, mainly children. In the Peruvian Amazon, bites from mosquitos that carry the disease are 300 times as common in deforested areas as where forest has been left intact; similar effects have been found in Africa. This happens partly because cutting down trees produces bigger areas of forest edge, prime mosquito habitat, around the remaining stands, and partly because the cleared areas are hotter, without their shade, enabling the insects to live longer and breed faster. Then there's schistosomiasis, infecting some 200 million people worldwide, second only to malaria in its devastating effect. Hunting and eating wild animals causes another range of diseases. Global warming is almost certain to make things worse. Cholera and the algal blooms that make shellfish poisonous also increase with temperature.