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Every Load Of Laundry Can Take A Load Off The Orangutan

Date: 28-Jan-11

Two orangutans

Palm Oil Free

Palm Oil Free is Planet Ark's campaign to help stop deforestation in South East-Asia due to palm oil plantations, which are destroying the habitat of the amazing Sumatran and Bornean orangutans as well as many other incredible birds, animals, plants and critters.

This campaign is made possible through the generous support of Aware, the first Palm Oil Free laundry products available in major supermarkets. This is because for every Aware laundry product sold between the Ist October 2010 and 31st March 2011, Planet Ark will receive an additional 10c to assist a range of great projects including orangutan adoptions, orangutan orphanages, forest rehabilitation and community rangers.

The Australian Orangutan Project (AOP)

Planet Ark will be assisting The Australian Orangutan Project (AOP) to continue their work with a team of "Wildlife Wardens" in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, an area known for it's remarkable wildlife diversity, especially it's unique orangutan population. These wildlife wardens are members of the local community that have been trained to defend, care for and manage this protected forest and its inhabitants. With growing human activities surrounding the sanctuary, both local communities and extensive palm oil plantations, the need for protection is greater than ever.

The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation

The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation focuses on three key areas in their work with orangutans:

Orangutan Orphanages - Nyaru Mentang is the largest orphanage in the world and is currently home to over 600 Orangutans who have been orphaned, left permanently scarred or injured. Excitingly the first planned release of these orangutans in over eight years is to occur in 2011.

Orangutan Adoptions - Through the adoption program orangutans are provided with food and care plus a chance to go to school and learn through human carers what it means to be an Orangutan.

Land Protection and Conservation - A big part of the work BOS does is with the land and local communities. Samboja Lestari is located in East Kalimantan and was once a barren wasteland but has been brought back to life and now is a lush, reforested sanctuary - offering a new life for the Orangutans and the local community as well.

How You Can Help

You can support these great projects by being aware and buying Aware. Look for the Planet Ark insert inside every packet of Aware laundry powder and help spread the word - pin it up on a notice board, pass it on to a friend or talk about this important issue with your family.

More Info

For more information on these great projects and for more ways that you can join other Australians helping to protect the orangutans, head to our Palm Oil Free website.

For more information on Aware laundry products head to their website.


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