There is a real threat to many orangutan homes. Their habitats are being destroyed and trees in the forests of those such as the Amazon, and mainly Indonesia are bare. They are now only skeletons of the lush trees they were once before.
This is because of the hunt for palm oil. Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil derived from palm oil fruit. This ingredient is found in nearly every item in our homes. It is used because of its properties and the main fact that it is cheap.
This links with their homes because orangutans are threatened, killed, or forced out of their homes by those working for these companies who use palm oil. They are sometimes beaten, tortured, chased or separated from their families. They are becoming extinct.
Some of the things that have palm oil in are: bread, crisps, soap, ice cream, chocolate, shampoo, biscuits, make up, non-dairy substitutes, cooking oil, margarine, fast food retailers (Mcdonald's), and their products being chips and chicken nuggets. These everyday items that we eat may surprise you.
We can be cautious and look at what we are eating carefully, and that includes the places where we shop. Good places are: Waitrose and M&S.The worst supermarket ratings include shops like; Iceland, Spar, Boots and Ocado.
Buying from ethical places and shops with certified ratings and sustainably sourced palm oil will give orangutans a better chance of survival. Not going to fast food retailers and cutting down on chocolates and sweets will make sure that orangutans are not treated in the terrible way that they are now.