If you're anything like me, when you go to the store, you're thinking about which option is the best for the planet. But sometimes the "sustainable" product you're buying isn't as environmentally friendly as you thought, especially if it contains palm oil.
You may not think you buy much palm oil, but it is an ingredient in thousands of products we use every day, from baked goods to cleaning products to shampoo. Unfortunately, all that palm oil is being produced at a tremendous expense to our planet's tropical forests and our atmosphere. Tropical deforestation causes about 15 percent of global warming emissions worldwide!
It is possible to grow palm oil without destroying tropical forests and many companies have made public commitments to environmentally friendly and sustainable palm oil. Unfortunately, the group that certifies "sustainable" palm oil, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)—made up of nonprofits and businesses such PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, and Wal-Mart—still considers deforestation a sustainable practice. While many companies plan to use RSPO certification to meet their commitments, it's clear that the standards aren't strong enough.
It's time to put he RSPO on notice and let them know you will be holding companies to a higher standard.
Please tell the RSPO that there's nothing sustainable about forest destruction and that you will be demanding that their member companies go beyond RSPO!
http://www.rspo.org/ Take action today!
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We were told to be at the bus stop by 7:30am and the bus - coming from Sandakan lvg at 7am - would stop for us at the junction. Since we cared not to be all sweaty (night before we walked the 2 km back to B & B and got totally soaked in sweat) we arranged a taxi which got us to the stop by 7:25. First one bus right at 7:30 - not ours, then 10 minutes later another which stopped but looked at our ticket and said 'Back' pointing towards town, a hopeful sigh. At 8 another bus stopped and kid said 'No, not us' and they left. By now just waiting at the stop we're sweating, figuratively and literally! Did we miss it, did she give us the wrong time, did we make a mistake in buying the ticket ahead and now we'll just have to flag down and pay another again? All these questions running between us, some unspoken but clearly not conducive to feeling cool and relaxed cruising down the highway by now like we had anticipated.
At 8:15 I see a bus coming and say to Bon, "I'm getting on this one no matter where it's going!" Sure enough, it's our bus! Nice drive thru wannabe rain forest now miles and miles of oil palm plantations. The only other plantings of significance are some left over coco palms, banana trees and small patches of fruits and veggies, presumably to supply the locals or tourists.
Once in Semporna we head for Scuba Junkie where we luck into a snorkel trip for tomorrow. Also, the Sipidan Inn recommended by Scuba Junkie, gives us a very reasonable discount on a room since we are on a trip with Scuba Junkie! Can't beat it! Place also has free internet - for 30 minutes - and room tea & coffee plus hot water shower!
Visit This Sipidan Site For Tons of Great Photos