Examining Nutrition, Exercise, and Renewal Goals for Yourself

Making Choices

Skip the deforestation with your fries.
Shop where your dollars support conscientious corporate citizens.

Avoid supporting companies that exploit the planet.

Sounds good, right?  How do we know which companies share our values?

The Union of Concerned Scientists has provided a helpful guide.
Their Palm Oil Scorecard rates fast-food restaurants, store brands, packaged foods, and personal care products according to how well the companies selling these products have committed to fight global climate change.
In this case, criteria include commitment to use only palm oil produced without deforestation.  Progress from 2014 to 2015 is shown.https://i2.wp.com/www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/styles/herospace/public/images/2015/04/tfci-palm-fruit-reverse.jpg

Some of the scores may be a surprise.  If something we typically buy for our home or our family is available at more than one of the stores listed, and only one of them has made a strong commitment to acting more responsibly toward the climate, why not vote with our dollars by supporting the company that made that commitment?  Educated consumers can make better choices. 

The Palm Oil Scorecard website summarizes the ratings, and downloads are available as well, with details such as a detailed scoring breakdown.

image credit: Union of Concerned Scientists


Comments on: "Making Choices" (1)

  1. Roxanne Newton said:

    Thank you for providing knowledge, awareness, and resources so that we can be better stewards of the earth, our home. Even though I try to “shop local,” buy organic, and avoid companies that do the most harm, I am not always as mindful as I should be with my purchases. Thank you for the reminder of the consumer’s role in promoting environmental stewardship, workers’ rights, and sustainability. Here are some resources that I have used to be a more responsible world citizen: http://www.globalexchange.org/sweatfree/responsibleguide http://www.greenamerica.org/programs/responsibleshopper/

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