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Watch: Borneo Explorations | A journey through Sarawak

In 2015, Jonas and I travelled to the Southeast Asian island of Borneo. An island home to our world’s most ancient primary rainforest and unique biodiversity endemic to Borneo. You probably are familiar with Borneo as being the home of Orang-utans and the curious Proboscis Monkey. We hope you enjoy our video and learn a little about this unique jungle paradise.


The future of Borneo is in the palm of your hands. With 50% of the items at the grocery store containing palm oil, it is up to consumers all around the world to stand up for our rainforest by refusing palm oil. Consumers have a huge amount of power so let’s use it.

This is what you can do to make a difference:

1. Read the LabelRead the label | palm oil, borneo

Even “sustainable” palm oil is very controversial but definitely better than not sustainable. Also palm oil has a ridiculous amount of alter egos (it is disguised by many different names and has many different derivatives) so get to know them all. Keep your eye out for these ingredients.

INGREDIENTS: Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmolein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hyrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol

2. Avoid Products with Palm Oilnutella palm oil - borneo cancer

Once you start to realize that basically all of your favourite products contain palm oil this can get tricky and I’m not going to lie – it requires some life changes. Avoiding palm oil will transform your shopping experience. You will have to read all the labels and you will end up buying different products. You will also start to realize you can make a lot of these ready-made products yourself at home. Cheaper. So that’s good news. Another plus, avoiding palm oil will reduce your risk of cancer. So you’re saving animals and rainforests all around Southeast Asia/the Amazon and saving yourself from cancer at the same time. Yew!

3. Write to your favourite companies that use palm oil in their productspalm oil borneo cancer
Okay this is totally not fair – you’re asking me to quit Nutella?! I know. It can be painful to break up with some of your favourite brands. Hey, just ask them to switch to a sustainable product. Write to them and ask them to switch from palm oil. There are many petitions like this one asking Pepsi to adopt a responsible palm oil policy.
4. Share this video

If you’re not ready for steps 1-3, just share this video! Spread the knowledge and make others aware. That’s one of the best things you can do.

The future of Borneo, the lungs of our planet, is #inyourpalm

Sasha

Writer and Founder at DO YOU EVEN TOURIST?
Passionate traveller. Sea gypsy. Digital Nomad.
No fixed plans and not intent on arriving.

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