Ethical Consumption

Why Consume Ethically?

We have reached a stage in the world where we can no longer blindly consume. Each decision we make when choosing a product, to eat, build with, fill up our tanks, use in our homes or on our skin has various impacts on the environment and the species that share our planet.

As money makes the world go round, deciding how to spend your money could help minimise untold suffering of both people and animals around the globe.

Each time you chose to consume ethically you add another voice and increase pressure on companies to trade fairly, minimise exploitation and act in sustainable ways to ensure long term survival of this planet.

In order to consume ethically you need to support the good companies, and withdraw support from the bad ones- you have the power to make a difference every time you go shopping!

Palm oil

  • The vast majority of products on our supermarket shelves now contain Palm Oil, everything from chocolate, to detergents to facewash.
  • The world is increasingly becoming dependent upon it and its impact on the forest areas of Sumatra and Borneo are having a devastating effect upon the orangutan populations. It is possible to grow oil palms in areas which are not presently forested and this can offer a solution for the world’s consumption and the orangutan. However pristine forest is being logged to make way for our ever increasing demand for palm oil
  • Help save great ape habitat and boycott products using palm oil, or make sure the palm oil used is from certified sustainable sources.

Read more about palm oil’s affect on orangutans

Sustainable wood

  • Humans have been using wood for hundreds of years. Just looking around your homes, offices, schools and other man made structures you will notice wood is everywhere and freely available.
  • Every piece of wood you see was once a tree, some of it from tropical forests around the world
  • A lot of the wood products around us may come from sustainable sources but a huge majority do not.
  • Help save Great ape habitats by ensuring all the wood you use and buy is from sustainable, certified sources

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Responsible tourism

  • Everybody wants to see Great apes in their natural environment, however due to our close genetic make up great apes are susceptible to a whole host of diseases that humans carry. Make sure if you are visiting great ape habitat you take extra care in not transmitting potentially deadly illnesses to these endangered species.
  • Only use responsible tour operators that ensure as little disturbance as possible to these gentle creatures
  • One of the key factors in saving the mountain gorillas has been the impressive tourism generated by seeing habituated groups. This is one way that local communities realise that the apes in their region have a value in being kept alive, it brings in money. There are a number of genuine ecotourism companies who support conservation methods in their regions. There is of course a trade off; climate change is the most serious threat to all of us in including great apes, but paying a small carbon offset fee can give you the guilt-free trip of a lifetime!

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