My Wild Kao Journey
Have you ever stop in life and just wondered, how on earth did i get here? Well, in this case, with Wild Kao, I know exactly how I got here.
It all began on the weird and wonderful Facebook (FB), FB is a wonderland of information, from politics to how to apply makeup, to people being annoyed at the dog poo in the local park. Every time I was scrolling through FB there would seem to be something about Palm Oil and how its in everything, mainly foods and cosmetics and how bad it apparently is.
Until i started to take notice of these posts about Palm Oil, I blissfully would buy chocolate and face creams not even questioning what was in them. Id sit there and eat my choccy, scrolling through FB reading these posts and felt sorry for the poor Orangutan’s and how this nasty Palm Oil stuff was destroying their habitat, not even realising that the very chocolate I was shovelling into my mouth was in fact part of the problem.
I had started to follow a few pages that were about the Orangutan’s and what wonderful people were doing to rescue these beautiful creatures and then one day there was a post that had a picture of some of my favourite chocolate bars and stated they contained Palm Oil, i was horrified. So, I decided to look further into this Palm Oil thing and really find out if it is as bad as they say.
I began by spending all my spare time researching and looking through pictures of deforestation, watching videos about it and then the crappy moment of looking at my own purchases. I sat on the bathroom floor of my ensuite, opened up the doors under my bathroom sink and began to read the labels. I discovered that every single product i had stockpiled under there contained Palm Oil or a derivative of Palm Oil.
My heart sank sitting on the bathroom floor, but my little brain started to tick over, what if people had a choice, just what if? I began my search for skin care that was natural and Palm Oil free and found that there were not a lot of them, we have many natural skin care brands these days but even if they are natural or organic most still contain Palm Oil. It also occurred to me that everything was in some sort of plastic packaging and that is a whole other environmental disaster that i won’t start on here.
So, i said to my husband “I want to start my own skin care brand, one that is free of Palm Oil and any nasties. One that is natural and kind to the earth as well as the skin”, and as always, being the super supportive man he is replied with “Lets do it”. I squealed with excitement and crapped myself all at the same time, because i knew he meant it and that he wasn’t going to let me off the hook with this one. My career has been in Community Services so this was going to be a massive change but I was definitely up for the challenge.
Wild Kao was born and like a proud new mummy, I protected my new baby, nurtured it, was up all hours with it, got frustrated with it, wanted to give it back to wherever it came from and then loved it all over again. The journey has been hard, hard to find people to work with that were on the same page with our stand on of Palm Oil, or that understood I was a little person and not a corporate giant and wanted to pour love into each and every product. Im a little fish in a big pond but a passionate fish I am indeed.
Here are some facts about Palm Oil, I hope that upon reading these that it will light a little fire your belly as it did mine and that you too will become more conscious of the devastating affects that Palm Oil is having on the environment and that every little bit helps to make change.
- Every hour rainforests the size of 300 football fields are ploughed to the ground to make way for Palm plantations.
- 80 species of animals etc live in these rainforests and are now some are on the endangered list.
- Over the last 20 years over 3.5 MILLION hectares of forest have been destroyed to make way for Palm Oil and 80% of Orangutan habitat has been destroyed in this time.
- We loose around 6000 Orangutans a year
- Only 400 Sumatran Tigers are left in the world Forest dwelling people have been forced from their homes due to Palm Oil plantations
- Causes Soil Erosion
- Air Pollution from the burning off
- Soil and water pollution
- Sustainable Palm Oil industry is not regulated so even
- Sustainable Palm Oil supplies can not be trusted
- Animal Cruelty is a problem when they find themselves hungry looking for food on a plantation, some Orangutans have been found buried alive or attacked with a machete or guns.
- Poachers take the baby Orangutans after a mother has been killed to sell on the black market
And this is just to name a few, plenty more information can be found on this subject and if you are anything like me it will break your heart and piss you off, but we must remember that the choice is ours and we can make a difference no matter how small. Peace Out