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 things to do in your daily life to help prevent haze!
Around half of all packaged items in supermarkets – from biscuits to detergent – contain palm oil. Palm oil is also the most commonly used cooking oil in eateries. However, as oil palm has higher yield than any other oil crop, switching to other types of vegetable oil will mean more land is needed and more forests could be cleared.
To reduce the pressure to clear more land, we should reduce unnecessary consumption of vegetable oils in general:
- Buy only products that you’ll use. When you’re eating out, order just enough.
- Eat less fried food and cook with less oil. Boil, steam, stir-fry or eat raw. If you must fry, consider using an air fryer, which requires less oil. Buy non-fried instant noodles instead of regular instant noodles.
- Do not use biofuel which is made from food crop.
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
If possible, choose products which carry the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification label. There are three types of RSPO labels:
*Best* Certified: Palm oil in the product is from RSPO certified sustainable sources (ie. Segregated).
*Good* Mixed: Mixture of palm oil from certified and uncertified sources (ie. Mass Balance).
Credits: 100% of palm oil used is covered by RSPO Credits to support the production of certified palm oil (ie. Book and Claim).
The above list is crowd-sourced by PM.Haze volunteers. Do contact us if you find any sustainable palm oil products not in our list.
Some products which use sustainable palm oil are not clearly labelled. 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, there is currently no certification that properly addresses the haze issue. Reduction of paper usage is still the best policy.
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 !