Demand Deforestation-Free Groceries
You can help save forests and the climate today! Urge supermarkets, pharmacies, and discount stores to purchase exclusively deforestation- and peat-free palm oil for use in their store brands.
From Gold Emblem at CVS to 365 at Whole Foods, the store brand shampoo, snacks, and cleaning products in your shopping cart could be fueling climate change. That's because six out of the ten largest U.S. retailers—CVS, Dollar General, Kroger, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods—lack sufficient policies on palm oil, an ingredient in thousands of products that many people use every day.
Unfortunately, palm oil is responsible for tropical forest destruction, which not only drives climate change and shrinks habitat for endangered species, but also contributes to deadly haze from landscape fires. Palm oil producers in Southeast Asia often burn forests and destroy peatlands—swamps rich in carbon—to make way for new oil palm plantations, spreading debilitating smoke across the region. Air pollution from landscape fires claims 110,000 lives a year.
The good news is that palm oil can be grown without burning peatlands or forests. And thanks to demands from UCS supporters, many companies have committed to doing so—now it's time for these six companies to step up as well.
Tell CVS, Dollar General, Kroger, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods that there is no excuse to continue buying palm oil that could be destroying forests, polluting our air, and driving climate change.
Please make your letter personal by adding in your own thoughts and concerns. Every letter makes a difference, but customized letters have the greatest effect!
Check out our 2015 Palm Oil Scorecard to learn more. And read our recent blog post about the connection between store brands, deforestation, and haze in Southeast Asia.
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