14th Nov, 2017

The rain forest destruction starts from logging activities because of logs economic value. The logging companies got the very expensive logs and don’t care about the destruction they left behind. Those rain forest trees are also very precious for our environment and took so many years to grow. Illegal logging, greed, corruption, development, unemployment add to cutting more trees. Illegal logging activities are still happening now, endangering many forests & its inhabitants, not only the rain forest home to orang utan & the local people's natural resources. After logging, the local people left with poverty & potential natural disaster such as flood & landslide.

Perhaps we should say no first to cutting precious logs for making solid wood door, chair, table, plywood, beautiful timber flooring, outdoor furniture, veranda decking, roof truss, or anything else made of wood chips or logs!

Pulp and Paper plants contribute their share in changing our environment structure with one type species, fast growing trees. Less bio diversity means reducing balance of our natural ecosystem affecting the air we breath. Or we should say no to using paper, kitchen towel paper, toilette paper where the cheaper ones in the store are those made of hard wood chips out of rain forest! The local people use water in their toilette.

Palm trees are planted on deforested land left by mining or logging in rain forest area. New palm plantation employs local workers that help them to send their kids to school. Perhaps “no logging” campaign would have better impact on our ecosystem? “No palm” leaves us with very little choice of food, cosmetics & personal care in the market.

We should know that almost 80% palm oil consumers are food industries to make ice cream, margarine, potatoes chips, creamer, coffee capsules, pastry, snacks, candies, sauces, cookies, chocolates, chocolate powder drink, pasties, animal feed, just to name a few. Should we say no to these?

Close to 20% palm consumers are other industries to make detergents, industrial soap bases, cleaners, cosmetics, mascara, lipsticks, powders, candles, shampoos, shower gels, bath bubbles, candles, and more. Should we say no to all these?

In soap area, most users of palm oil are large industries for noodle soap bases and the melt and pour in pellets or powder forms that make "natural" soaps you see in supermarkets, department stores, including handcrafted "palm free" soaps (the soap base is made of palm oil too). Should people stop buying those soaps? It’s more complicated than we first thought.
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