Although it may seem to us that the issue of palm oil does not concern us, that we do not have rainforests here, the opposite is true. According to experts, approximately 30,000 tons of palm oil are imported into the Czech Republic every year. It is one of our most important contributions to the devastation of tropical forests, which are the source of the planet's greatest biodiversity and home to millions of people.
The Day Without Palm Oil follows the successful event called "The Day When We Say No to Products with Palm Oil" which took place on February 1, 2016. This day serves as a reminder of our global responsibility and encourages individuals to live without palm oil for one or more days. Palm oil is found in various food products, cosmetics, and fuels, and its excessive consumption has negative effects on health and the environment. The production of palm oil leads to deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and the release of greenhouse gases. It also threatens the survival of endangered species such as orangutans. The EU regulation requires the labeling of products with specific types of vegetable oil, giving consumers the opportunity to make ethical choices. An app is available to help identify products containing palm oil and find alternatives.