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Thursday, May 21, 2009

S.O.S. :: Sumatran Orangutan Society

photo credit - Sumatran Orangutan Society
http://orangutans-sos.org/

With fewer than 7,000 surviving in the wild, it is predicted that the Sumatran orangutan will be the first Great Ape species to become extinct if current trends continue. The Sumatran Orangutan Society works with local communities living alongside orangutan habitat, helping them work towards a more sustainable future for their forests.


In my last post, Orangutans + Why You Should Use Sustainable Palm Oil, I wrote about how important it is that we understand, as soap makers, that palm oil comes from places that are killing and wiping out orangutans in the rain forests of Sumatra and Borneo in order to harvest it.

It is possible to harvest it without doing this and by purchasing sustainably harvested palm oil from sellers who are members of the the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). I go on in detail in my previous post so feel free to read it and pass on the information.

Daniela Maldonado, owner of Hello Bath + Body and Supplies by Hello (also my fabulous sponsor), suggested I also direct you to the Sumatran Orangutan Society (S.O.S.). Daniela...stroke of genius. I visited the website and I was blown away by how much there was to learn and how many things I could do to help!

For example, you can become a member, purchase stuffed animals, T-shirts and other gift shop items, make a donation, and purchase tickets for Orangaid comedy relief through TicketMaster. But what I thought was interesting, and totally free, was Everyclick.com.
Everyclick.com is a search engine that raises money for charity every time you perform a web search. Simply bookmark Everyclick.com as your preferred search engine, nominate the S.O.S. as your favorite charity, and every time you search the internet, S.O.S.will receive a donation!

Oh, there's a lot more that I didn't know about that I learned about on their site, like illegal Orangutan trading in Indonesia. You could
click here to download a petition asking the Indonesian government to enforce the existing laws that protect orangutans, and put a stop to the illegal trade of protected species.

They have a plethora of ideas on how to help with lists of links, suggestions, advice on fund raising events, campaigns and ideas.

" Contact us if you would like to discuss your fund raising ideas - we can offer support in the form of inspiration, information materials, collecting tins, helping you obtain permits for city-centre collections, and even the loan of our orangutan costume!"
So if you'd like to get informed about their missions and progress, go peruse their website and settle in. http://orangutans-sos.org

With fewer than 7,000 surviving in the wild, it is predicted that the Sumatran orangutan will be the first Great Ape species to become extinct if current trends continue. The Sumatran Orangutan Society works with local communities living alongside orangutan habitat, helping them work towards a more sustainable future for their forests.

p.s.: Run your mouse through the leaves on the top of their website. I just love that!

Please link back to this posting if you have a blog about soap, so we can educate and end the destruction of more animals. Thank you.

4 comments:

Michelle said...

Thanks for the link Joanna and Daniela!

Heidi said...

Thanks so much for all the information on palm oil. I plan on switching...now I feel guilty for using up my huge container of palm. *blush*

I'm so glad Columbus foods carries the organic! Since my local supplier has gone out of business I've been planning on ordering from them.

p.s. I'm totally loving supplies by hello =D

Daniela Maldonado said...

Thanks so much for posting :)
I really love this organization and I particularly enjoyed donating through this option:
http://www.btowstore.com/epages/Store3_Shop2348.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/Store3.Shop2348/Products/%22RRF%20Gift%20Pack%22/SubProducts/16-0003

I framed the picture, brought it with me to markets, and would make a sign about how many trees we had sponsored so far. By the end of last market season, it was a lot! It's a feel-good way to go about it.

Crystal said...

Thanks for all of the information. I get all of my oils from Columbus.