Deforestation contributes 15-20% of global greenhouse gas emissions and the growth of the palm oil industry in Indonesia has turned it into the third largest emitter of CO2 after China and the US. It loses forests the size of Wales each year. The deforestation includes protected areas such as reserves for the endangered orang-utan population. Unfortunately the RSPO is a self regulated body with self interests and is pretty ineffectual at stopping the destruction. Its important therefore that people are aware of the connection between the destruction of rainforests and the products they buy and avoid brands made with unsustainable palm oil.
It is not that difficult. We have some great products which do not use illegal palm oil, for example, Soapy Chica's lovely soaps, Maya's gorgeous organic body butters and Freyaluna and Woolcakes' natural goodies. Our candles are also made of soy wax and not palm oil such as Pure Light and I Conjure.