From the ‘Environmental Investigation Agency’ (EIA) – London UK
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Palm oil is a vegetable oil found in literally thousands of products ranging from soaps and cosmetics to countless foodstuffs including chocolates, cereals, dairy products and crisps. Its popularity is due to its comparatively low cost to produce and ready availability – but this comes at a terrible cost and palm oil production is widely linked to deforestation, illegal logging, human rights abuses and biodiversity loss.
Illegal, environmentally destructive and socially exploitative palm oil production is driving deforestation and biodiversity loss, violating human rights and undermining the rule of law in producer countries.
National laws are often inadequate to protect forests, people and biodiversity, while the private and public sectors often ignore existing legal protections. Industry ‘sustainability’ certification schemes such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) also offer weak protections, are variably implemented and enforced, and often result in proclaimed standards not being met. Booming global trade in palm oil – used in everything from biscuits and biofuels to cosmetics and cleaning products – incentivises increased production.
The most progressive ‘No deforestation, no peatland, and no exploitation’ (NDPE) policies from major palm oil companies are beginning to emerge, but their policies are voluntary and their reliability is still largely untested.
Continue reading – https://eia-international.org/our-work/forests/palm-oil/
Marine plastic pollution is one of the most serious emerging threats to the health of oceans and a major hazard to marine biodiversity. We have worked on the issue at the UK level and internationally, campaigning both alone and in partnerships against single-use plastics such as supermarket carrier bags, microbeads in rinse-off products and other forms of damaging plastic packaging.
Unprecedented growth in the production and use of plastics is triggering a global environmental crisis. Each year, at least eight million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean, an amount set to quadruple by 2050 unless major reform is put in place.
Over 800 species are known to have ingested or been entangled in marine plastic pollution, killing hundreds of thousands of animals every year. Urgent action is needed to significantly reduce plastic consumption and waste to end the devastating pollution of our oceans. We are campaigning to phase out all unnecessary plastic use and significantly improve reuse and recycling
Continue reading – https://eia-international.org/our-work/ocean/plastic-pollution/
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