Why you should only buy palm oil free chocolate this Easter

Easter is almost upon us and that means chocolate eggs and indulgence. Used as an emulsifier in chocolate, palm oil is what gives cheap chocolate a disgusting soapy, chalky flavour. Aside from this it is linked to death, ecocide, deforestation and destruction. “Sustainable” palm oil is a complete lie as RSPO members using it areContinue reading “Why you should only buy palm oil free chocolate this Easter”

More protein and good for the planet: 9 reasons we should be eating microalgae

Martina Doblin, University of Technology Sydney; Donna Sutherland, University of Technology Sydney, and Peter Ralph, University of Technology Sydney As the climate warms and deforestation continues at pace, the land we use for growing energy-intensive crops such as wheat corn, soy palm oil is becoming less productive. We need to find ways to feed theContinue reading “More protein and good for the planet: 9 reasons we should be eating microalgae”

Boycotts are a crucial weapon to fight environment-harming firms

Bill Laurance, James Cook University Campaigns and boycotts get the attention of large corporations, because they hit them where it hurts: their reputation and market share. In October 2000, I was driving through downtown Boise, Idaho, and nearly careered off the road. Just in front of me was a giant inflatable Godzilla-like dinosaur, well overContinue reading “Boycotts are a crucial weapon to fight environment-harming firms”

Ten Tactics of ‘Sustainable’ #PalmOil #Greenwashing

There has never been a more urgent time for consumers to wake up to the devastation wrought by global supermarket brands for palm oil Jump to section 1. Greenwashing with Hidden Trade-Off 2. Greenwashing with No Proof 3. Greenwashing with Vagueness 4. Greenwashing with Fake Labels 5. Greenwashing with Irrelevance & Deflection 6. Greenwashing byContinue reading “Ten Tactics of ‘Sustainable’ #PalmOil #Greenwashing”

Greenwashing Tactic #1: Hidden Trade Off

Claiming a brand or commodity is ‘green’ using a narrow definition or series of characteristics Examples of Hidden Trade off Nestle In 2019, a satellite monitoring system for stopping deforestation was adopted by Nestle, PZ Cussons and others. They are RSPO members with ‘No Deforestation’ policies in place. In 2021, deforestation continues. Greenwashing Reality RealityContinue reading “Greenwashing Tactic #1: Hidden Trade Off”

Greenwashing Tactic #2: No Proof

Claiming a brand or commodity is green without any supporting evidence The RSPO promises to deliver this with their certification: 1. Improves the livelihoods of small holder farmers 2. Stops illegal indigenous land-grabbing and human rights abuses 3. Stops deforestation They sell the idea of ‘sustainable’ palm oil to consumers so that they will continueContinue reading “Greenwashing Tactic #2: No Proof”

Greenwashing Tactic #4: Fake Labels

Claiming a brand or commodity is green based on unreliable, ineffective endorsements or eco-labels such as the RSPO, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or FairTrade coffee and cocoa. Greenwashing: Fake Labels and fake certifications Ecolabels are designed to reassure consumers that they are purchasing green or sustainable products. In reality the environmental standards are no betterContinue reading “Greenwashing Tactic #4: Fake Labels”

Greenwashing Tactic #6: The Lesser of Two Evils

Claiming that a brand, commodity or industry is greener than others in the same category, in order to excuse ecocide, deforestation, human rights and animal rights abuses. Jump to section Greenwashing: Lesser of Two Evils: Palm Oil Uses Less Land Than Other Crops Greenwashing messaging is pervasive by researchers Greenwashing messaging is pervasive on socialContinue reading “Greenwashing Tactic #6: The Lesser of Two Evils”

What is greenwashing?

Over the course of the 20th century, capitalism preserved its momentum by moulding the ordinary person into a consumer. Using advertising to encourage in people the ravenous hunger for purchasing more stuff and the accompanying feeling of hollowness and a need for more and more. Original Tweet Original Tweet Original Tweet Original Tweet Original TweetContinue reading “What is greenwashing?”

Greenwashing Tactic #9: Partnerships, Sponsorships & Research Funding

Using corporate partnerships, sponsorships and research funding to give a commodity, an industry, certification scheme or supermarket brand a ‘greener’ reputation Jump to section Orangutan Land Trust & FairTrade meet in 2014 to discuss partnerships Orangutan Land Trust accepts a cheque from Kulim Malaysia Berhad Greenwashing Partnership: Chester Zoo, Ferrero, Wilmar Greenwashing Partnership: WWF GreenwashingContinue reading “Greenwashing Tactic #9: Partnerships, Sponsorships & Research Funding”

Greenwashing Tactic #3: Vagueness

Claiming a brand or commodity is ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ based on broad generalisations, unclear language or vague statements Jump to section Greenwashing: Vagueness in Language Greenwashing: Vagueness in certification standards Reality: Auditing of RSPO a failure Quote: EIA: Who Watches the Watchmen 2 (2019) Quote: Greenpeace: Destruction Certified (2021) Quote: EIA: Burning Questions the CredibilityContinue reading “Greenwashing Tactic #3: Vagueness”

Greenwashing Tactic #7: Lying

Telling outright lies over and over again to consumers until they are believed as truth Jump to section Greenwashing: Endangered species Reality: Endangered species Greenwashing: Human rights, land-grabbing and livelihoods for workers Reality: Human rights, land-grabbing and livelihoods for workers An open letter from Friends of the Earth and 100 Human Rights NGOs Greenwashing: DeforestationContinue reading “Greenwashing Tactic #7: Lying”

Palm Oil Free Sunscreens & Insect Repellent

Stay safe in the summer heat and be reassured that the sunscreen on your skin is not destroying rainforests for palm oil. Here’s a selection of palm oil free sunscreens and insect repellents. Palm oil is NOT vegan Did you know that palm oil is one of the world’s most destructive crops, as it canContinue reading “Palm Oil Free Sunscreens & Insect Repellent”

Greenwashing Tactic #8: Design & Words

Using design principles and greenwashing language in order to trigger emotional and unconscious responses in consumers Jump to section Greenwashing: Design Principles Greenwashing Design Example: Palm Done Right Greenwashing Design Example: WWF Palm Oil Scorecard 2021 Greenwashing with Words: Vegan Versus Plant-Based Greenwashing with Words: Destructive Global Brands Claiming to be Vegan What is Veganism?Continue reading “Greenwashing Tactic #8: Design & Words”

Greenwashing Tactic #5: Irrelevance and Deflection

Claiming a brand, commodity or industry is green based on irrelevant information Jump to section Greenwashing: Irrelevant Topics Greenwashing: Colonial Racism Research: Palm oil greenwashing and its link to climate denialism Reality: RSPO Certification Doesn’t Stop Deforestation, Human Rights Abuses etc. Reality: Global Witness report links supermarket brands (RSPO members) to palm oil plantation deathsContinue reading “Greenwashing Tactic #5: Irrelevance and Deflection”

Palm Oil Free Haircare

Keep your hair looking beautiful without contributing to tropical deforestation with rainforest-destroying palm oil. If you are ever in doubt look for the prefixes: LAUR, STEAR, GYLC and PALM in the ingredients list on packaging – this is most likely palm oil. Another tip is to shop for locally produced shampoos and conditioners, or ifContinue reading “Palm Oil Free Haircare”