Great ways to support World Rainforest Day

World Rainforest Day is a global awareness event marked on the 22nd June each year. Its aim is to raise awareness of rainforests, and celebrate the biodiversity that these habitats bring to the planet. The day also promotes joint efforts to protect and preserve these vital parts of nature for years to come! Fighting against the risks facing them such as deforestation and climate change. 

Here are our top-tips for how you can get involved this World Rainforest Day.

Look for palm-oil free products

Palm oil is widely used in a plethora of everyday items. But the need for ever-increasing palm oil plantations has led to deforestation to make way for palm oil plants. Adding to this, methods of cheaply producing palm oil to keep costs down has also led to the lost of habitats for wildlife and the endangerment of many species. Be sure to look for products that don’t contain palm oil, which are found in many processed foods.

Support the second hand movement

Fast-fashion is a significant driver of poor environmental health. Not only does the textile industry account for approximately 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is linked to deforestation. This is because large areas of rainforest have been cleared to make way for the plants that are needed for the fibres for high-volume, low-cost outfits. By choosing to buy second hand clothes, you can help to lower the demand for fast fashion. And, reduce impact on the environment.

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Check for the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal

Where possible, buy goods that are Rainforest Alliance Certified. This is a symbol of environmental, social and economic sustainability. It is found on all kinds of products, from tea and coffee, to chocolate and candles.

Celebrate the rainforest with your family

Whether it’s reading a book together, painting a picture or creating rainforest themed arts and crafts, there are lots of ways to get your littles ones interested in this important eco-topic. By engaging younger people in the understanding of the rainforest, we are equipping future generations with the knowledge they need to make conscious decisions. In the future that will reduce harm to these biodiverse havens.

Reuse, repurpose and recycle paper

It’s a well-known fact that paper products come from trees, and a significant part of these come from the rainforest. That is contributing to deforestation. Activly look for products that are made from 100% recycled materials, including lesser considered items such as coffee filters and toilet roll. Also think about some sustainable switches. Turn to whiteboards instead of paper for notes, or clothes instead of paper towel that can be washed and reused.

Hopefully these tips show that making a difference doesn’t always need to be time-consuming or a huge overhaul to your life. You can help to protect the rainforest by taking small steps, and a few more minutes to look at what you are buying before you finish your purchase.

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