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Your shampoo or shaving gel could be causing deforestation in Asia

The multinational Procter & Gamble ( P&G ) that produces hygiene products and cosmetics such as H&S shampoo or Gillette shaving gel  are causing deforestation in Asia and contributing to the disappearance and extinction of Sumatran tigers and orangutans due to the use  of palm oil , a study shows .

Why use this type of product with ecological hygiene products at our fingertips ?

Not only does P&G use ingredients that are harmful to health (a cocktail of synthetic chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate , which in addition to irritating the skin accumulates in the liver, heart and brain, can cause cataracts, among other “effects”), but it obtains palm oil from forests that have been deforested for monoculture and are contributing to the loss of biodiversity, climate change and the impoverishment and isolation of local communities.

P&G products that use palm oil include Pampers (baby products), detergents like Ariel , Dash , fabric softener like Lenor , Wella hair products , H&S shampoo, or Gillette shaving gels .

In addition to damaging your health, the use of P&G products promotes the destruction of Indonesian forests and jungles, as well as the extinction of the Sumatran tiger or orangutans, something that their constant marketing campaigns with famous people do not show.

In order to plant the palm, the forests must first be deforested. The continuous and massive felling of these forests facilitates more fires and only in 2013 more than 10,000 people suffered acute respiratory diseases due to the smoke they inhaled, the most affected being children under 5 years of age.

The irresponsible production and commercialization of palm oil is very cheap for the companies involved in this process, but it is very expensive for the rest of us, the consequences are too important to look the other way. We cannot allow the future of Indonesia’s biodiversity and wildlife to be lost to these practices. During 2012-13 alone, P&G used 352,000 tons of palm oil.

What can you do in this situation?

Not financing with your money these practices that harm socially and environmentally both locally and globally is essential, that is, do not buy their products. You have homemade alternatives, it is easy to make your own hygiene products and they are cheaper and better for your health, here are a few recipes . But you can also find ethical and ecological products made locally and artisan, which would be another excellent option.

I recommend that you watch this documentary about what is happening in Colombia in one of the largest reserves of biodiversity due to palm cultivation.

And to learn more about the murky world of cosmetics and hygiene products , as well as the manipulation and control exercised by certain multinationals over political decisions to allow them to use even carcinogenic substances in everyday products, click here

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