Did you know that a major cause of haze is the production of unsustainable palm oil and paper products? If we are mindful of our consumption and choose the products we use wisely, we can help end the haze.
Here are 3 simple things to do in your daily life to help prevent haze!
Most of us use multiple products containing palm oil every day without realizing it. Around half of all packaged items in supermarkets – from biscuits to detergent – contain palm oil. Palm oil is also a popular cooking oil used at restaurants and food stalls.
Even though palm oil can be found almost everywhere, there are ways to reduce your impact.
- Buy only products that you’ll use. Reduce, reuse and recycle.
- When you’re eating out, order just enough.
- Eat less oily and fried foods. By reducing the fried foods in your diet, you’ll be helping your health too!
- Cook with less oil. You can consider using an air fryer, which requires much less oil than conventional frying.
- Do not use biofuel which is made from food crop.
Click here to learn about the different kinds of vegetable oil and understand why we need to reduce our overall oil consumption, not just boycott palm oil:
Similarly, you can protect the forests by making it a habit to use less paper.
Some simple tips:
- Use both sides of a sheet of paper for printing or writing.
- Make notebooks out of discarded office paper.
- Don’t pick up free advertising flyers.
More tips for saving paper on the WWF website.
Haze-free palm oil
However, products which use sustainable palm oil are not widely available or clearly labelled in this region. In the absence of labelling, consumers may decide which brands to support based on scorecards which ranks major global companies relevant to the palm oil supply chain:
You can also support eateries that are using sustainable palm oil:
Regarding paper, we recommend to buy products which carry the FSC logo. This ensure the wood or paper comes from sustainably managed forests. However, there are currently no certification that properly address the haze issue.
Many businesses we spoke to resist going haze-free because there is a lack of consumer demand. Only when enough people care and enough people speak up, will change happen.
- Tell your friends and family about how they can help stop the haze! Share videos and articles, and ask them to signup for our mailing list.
- Write in to newspaper forums and speak up on radio.
- Email companies and post on their social media platforms to ask them to go haze-free.
And if you are uncomfortable doing it on your own, join our events !