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June 01, 2011

Green Habits to Help Animals: Change Oil for Orangutans

Orangutans live in forests threatened by palm oil plantations Your YouTube addiction aside, you may not realize how your daily habits affect wild animals. This week's tips are about how to make minor changes to your routine to help adorable (and not-so-adorable) critters around the globe. 

Tip #2: Boycott palm oil.

Palm oil is a common ingredient; it's in products from makeup to cookies. But the industry's clear-cutting practices in Asia puts forest-dwelling orangutans at risk for extinction. General Mills has already committed to sourcing 100% of its palm oil from sustainable sources by 2015. Lush, a cosmetics company, ditched palm oil altogether. You can help orangutans choosing products free of palm oil. If you can't do without cookies, follow the lead of the two Girl Scouts who started a campaign to make the treats orangutan safe.

Tell us: What are your favorite palm-oil-free brands?

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