Candy and Orangutans, what could be better? While it sounds like a bizarre combination, the two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the greatest threat facing wild orangutans today is deforestation due to the palm oil industry. Palm oil is used in many industries http://www.fedepalma.org/oil_uses.htm including steel production, cosmetics, soaps, biodiesels, candles, and thousands of food products – including candy.
While a growing number of palm oil companies choose to use sustainable practices, many and more are still focused on the bottom line. Instead of using readily available degraded land for plantations, these unsustainable companies are logging the rainforests for timber profits or using uncontrolled burning to clear land, resulting in the deaths of thousands of orangutans.
You as a consumer have the power make a difference. Many companies have joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and are committed to purchasing sustainably grown palm oil and the numbers continue to grow. A few years ago your sustainable Halloween candy choices were limited to companies like Nestle and Wonka, but today the ranks have swelled to include Hershey’s, Mars, Ghirardelli, and Lindt as well. With so many options it’s easy to use your consumer dollars to green your Halloween and support orangutans. Check out this year’s orangutan friendly Halloween candy choices (orangutan friendly Halloween candy choices)
Nestle Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Crunch Bar
Wonka (Nestle) Sweetarts, Bottle Caps, Laffy Taffy, Nerds
ConAgra Fiddle Faddle, Crunch & Munch, Poppy Cock
Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats, Fruity Snacks, Pop Tarts
Kellogg’s Austin Crackers (all varieties)
Kellogg’s All Keebler Brand Cookies
PepsiCo (Frito Lay) Cheetos, Doritos
PepsiCo Grandma’s Cookies
Hershey’s Twizzlers, Jolly Ranchers, Whoppers
Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Almond Joy
Hershey’s Mr. Goodbar, Heath Bars, Milk Duds
Mars Snickers, Twix, M&M’s, 3 Musketeers
Mars Milky Way, Skittles, Dove Chocolates
Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups, NutButter (All flavors)
Lindt and Spungli Lindor Truffles (All flavors)
Ghirardelli All flavors
Walmart Great Value Brand products (Candy, Cookies, Crackers etc.)
“364 days a year we tell children ‘Don’t take candy from strangers’ and then we give them one night to make up for it.” So be a good stranger and make the choice to pass out treats made with sustainable palm oil, an orangutan will thank you.
To learn more about the palm oil crisis visit: http://www.cmzoo.org/conservation/palmOilCrisis/
A palm oil shopping guide for the other 364 days a year: http://www.cmzoo.org/docs/palmOilShoppingGuide.pdf
By: Megan Richards