Orangutans are known as the gardeners of the forest. This is because of the role they play in seed dispersion and maintaining a strong ecosystem. Orangutans were mainly distributed widely across the South East of Asia but due to habitat loss are now only found in the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. It is clear to see the decrease in Orangutan population; in Borneo, there are approximately 104,000 Orangutans left and in Sumatra, we are left with even less, with only around 14,000 left.
Another crucial factor of Orangutan extinction is the manufacturing of palm oil. Although the products that you eat and use may be organic or free-range, they may not be Palm oil free. Palm oil flourishes in tropical conditions and is an edible oil used to make products that we eat and use. Certain types of Palm oil can be certified as sustainable, however, much of the palm oil manufacturing results in the clearing of the Borneo rainforests- the Orangutans main habitat. This deforestation which is often illegal is a major threat to the irreplaceable rainforest environments which is home to some of the world’s most critically endangered animals including the Orangutan. Over 50,000 Orangutans have died due to palm oil deforestation. This needs to stop.
Here at Alchemy Oils, we are passionate about using all sustainable, natural products. All products are vegan and cruelty-free so you can celebrate International Orangutan day knowing you are truly supporting a conscious and sustainably sourced brand!