We tend to think about species extinction as something in the realm of “environmental protection.” It’s not something that the majority of consumers see as a food issue.
But when brands like Unilever, Nestlé and Mondelez include palm oil in their ingredients, they’re destroying wildlife habitat—and, eventually, the wildlife that depends on that habitat.
A new investigation reveals that the world’s biggest brands are responsible for destroying an area of rainforest almost twice the size of Singapore in less than three years.
Why? Because these Big Brands use palm oil in a host of food and personal care products, including frozen pizzas, ice cream, cookies, chocolates, soaps, candles, makeup and detergents.