Rang-tan and the palm oil industry.

General blogging.

Christmas adverts..

Christmas adverts have always been a part of the season, every year out doing the next and certain brands and retailers, really going all out. Coca Cola, Toys R Us and John Lewis are perhaps the most famous for their amazing and magical adverts. The Christmas period is perhaps the most important time for all retailers to promote their products and get publicity to entice the 21st century consumer, to go and BUY.

In the past few years though, the messages seem to have changed, or rather, the messages are moving more towards a more sincere message …. well, if they are allowed to.

we wish you an environmentally friendly Christmas….

When I was a kid, I remember seeing the Coca Cola advert, finally feeling Christmassy, and all the anticipation and excitement that came with it. The Toys R Us adverts, sparking feelings of wanting and needing items I’ve seen, when in reality, all I ever needed was all around me.

Why is it that the meaning of Christmas has changed from, being with the ones you love and enjoying the season together, remembering core values and being kind to everyone and everything, to how much money you can spend and “how many presents did you get”.  

 Ok, ok, I enjoy buying gifts for people as much as the next person, don’t get me wrong, and I have nothing against people buying presents for the people they love and care about. I am not slating the large retailers and companies, advertising their wares for the average joe to purchase. But when one large company decides against the regular Christmas advert and opts for an advert that will make us think and maybe be a little more mindful of the products that we are buying, it is banned ?

If you don’t know by now what I am talking about, I am, obviously, talking about the Iceland advert about Rang tan and Palm oil.

Rang-tan and the human….

This advert, if you haven’t seen it yet, is sad. I can understand why the advert may not be suitable for the Christmas period, but on the flip side of that, perhaps Christmas is just the perfect time for an advert like that.

The anticipation and the publicity of the Christmas adverts are always eagerly anticipated, because they give you the Christmas feeling you had when you were a child, but when the advert goes against everything we think it should be, maybe we would sit up and pay attention more, because of the feelings it incurs during this period of consuming.

Unfortunately, Palm oil is literally everywhere – in our foods, cosmetics, cleaning products and fuels. It’s a source of huge profits for multinational corporations, while at the same time destroying the livelihoods of small holders. Displacement of indigenous people’s, deforestation and loss of biodiversity are all consequences of our palm oil consumption. How could it come to this? And what can we do in everyday life to protect people and nature?

Palm oil is the most commonly produced vegetable oil at 66 million tons annually.  Its low, world market price and properties that lend themselves to processed foods, have led the food industry to use it in half of all supermarket products. Surprisingly,(or unsurprisingly) Palm oil can be found in frozen pizzas, biscuits and margarine, as well as body creams, soaps, makeup, candles and detergents.

Few people realize that almost half of the palm oil imported into the EU is used as biofuel. Since 2009, the mandatory blending of biofuels into motor vehicle fuels has been a major cause of deforestation.

Oil palm plantations currently cover more than 27 million hectares of the Earth’s surface. Forests and human settlements have been destroyed and replaced by “green deserts” containing virtually no biodiversity.

Green Desert

Areas the size of New Zealand are being turned into “green deserts”

The warm, humid climate of the tropics offers perfect growth conditions for oil palms. Day after day, huge tracts of rainforest in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa are being bulldozed or torched to make room for more plantations, releasing vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.  Indonesia has more threatened and endangered species than any other country on earth – largely because their habitats have been destroyed, in many cases to expand palm oil plantations. 

Bornean orangutan numbers more than halved between 1999 and 2015 with the loss of approximately 150,000 individuals – we lose 25 orangutans every day.Palm oil is not only bad for the climate: As their forest habitat is cleared, endangered species such as the orangutan, Borneo elephant and Sumatran tiger are being pushed closer to extinction. Smallholder and indigenous people who have inhabited and protected the forest for generations are often brutally driven from their land. In Indonesia, more than 700 land conflicts are related to the palm oil industry. Human rights violations are everyday occurrences, even on supposedly “sustainable” and “organic” plantations.

What can you do to help?

Click here to sign the petition with Greenpeace.

Please click on this link above to sign the petition, every signature counts.

Only 70,000 orangutans still roam the forests of Southeast Asia, yet the EU’s biofuels policy is pushes them to the brink of extinction. Every new plantation on Borneo is destroying a further piece of their habitat. Stepping up the pressure on policymakers is a must if we want to save our tree-dwelling kin. Apart from that, however, there is still a lot we can do in day-to-day life.

Follow these simple tips to recognize, avoid and combat palm oil:

  1. Enjoy a home-cooked meal: Use your imagination: why not try almond-coconut-pear biscuits? Or pizza with potato and rosemary? A meal cooked from fresh ingredients beats processed foods containing palm oil every time. Oils such as sunflower, olive, rapeseed or flaxseed are ideal for cooking and baking.
  2. Read labels: As of December 2014, labeling regulations in the EU require food products to clearly indicate that they contain palm oil. The cosmetics and cleaning products still use a wide range of chemical names to hide the use of palm oil. A quick check of your favorite search engine will turn up palm oil-free alternatives, however.
  3. Remember that the customer is king: Ask your retailers for palm oil-free products. Write product manufacturers and ask them why they aren’t using domestic oils. Companies can be quite sensitive to issues that give their products a bad name, so inquiring with sales staff and contacting manufacturers can make a real difference. Public pressure and increased awareness of the problem have already prompted some producers to stop using palm oil.
  4. Sign petitions and write your elected representatives: Online campaigns put pressure on policymakers responsible for biofuels and palm oil imports. Have you already signed all of Rainforest Rescue’s petitions?

Conclusion?

I for one will definitely be checking the labels, and looking for this logo on products, and boycotting the pal oil industry until we have sustainable palm oil replacements. 

The RSPO are a not-for-profit that unites stakeholders from the 7 sectors of the palm oil industry: oil palm producers, processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, and environmental and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.

The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). When they are properly applied, these criteria can help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions.

The RSPO has more than 3,000 members worldwide who represent all links along the palm oil supply chain. They have committed to produce, source and/or use sustainable palm oil certified by the RSPO.

I have found a partial list of chemical names given to palm oil in products:

  • PKO – Palm Kernel Oil
  • PKO fractionations: Palm Kernel Stearin (PKs); Palm Kernel Olein (PKOo)
  • PHPKO – Partially hydrogenated Palm Oil
  • FP(K)O – Fractionated Palm Oil
  • OPKO – Organic Palm Kernel Oil
  • Palmitate – Vitamin A or Asorbyl Palmitate (NOTE: Vitamin A Palmitate is a very common ingredient in breakfast cereals and we have confirmed 100% of the samples we’ve investigated to be derived from palm oil)
  • Palmate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (Can also be from coconut)
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphates (can also be from ricinus oil)
  • Sodium dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)
  • Elaeis Guineensis
  • Glyceryl Stearate
  • Stearic Acid
  • Chemicals which contain palm oil
  • Steareth -2
  • Steareth -20
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (coconut and/or palm)
  • Hydrated palm glycerides
  • Sodium isostearoyl lactylaye (derived from vegetable stearic acid)
  • Cetyl palmitate and octyl palmitate (names with palmitate at the end are usually derived from palm oil, but as in the case of Vitamin A Palmitate, very rarely a company will use a different vegetable oil)

 

This has to change.

I would just like to say that the information collected on this post has been found on these websites:

Ran.org

Rainforest-rescue

Greenpeace

Iceland

please click on any of these links to be taken to their website.

Till next time,

Big love xx

 

 

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It’s been a while….

General blogging.

so….

It’s been a while.
I lost sight if what i wanted to achieve with this blog, and the way that i write. Sometimes i have all these ideas for posts and all these thoughts about how fun it would be to have successful regular blog, where i can be creative and write about the things that matter to me and find interesting.
I went about the blog all wrong.
I originally wanted this blog to be one of those really popular blogs. The blogs that everybody read and, maybe,  even make money from! But, in actual fact, it should be a platform to express myself and my opinions, first.
Starting from now, i have promised myself that i will write one post every week. A well researched and written article, something that i myself would want to read.
If you are interested in the things that i have to say and maybe have an opinion on the subject, then stick around, and let’s see where this goes shall we?

Big Love!

Tattoos-day 3 – Zombies!

General blogging., Tattoo-sday.

Tattoos-day 3. “..Brains..”.

Its that time of the week again, Tattoos-day, where i dump a load of images of tattoos and ink i love,related to a theme. Last time we had Ink-tergalactic, space related tattoos.

This time it’s Zombies! …Brains….*cough, *clears throat…

 

I love a zombie film! I”ll be honest i love a zombie themed tattoo. Combine that with some amazing tattooing talent, add a dash of the new school and they are awesome!

AS always i try to leave a link to the artists and owners but i get most of my images online through google. If anyone know who they belong to or the artist who created them, please let me know so i can give credit!

Without any more mumbling and legality, lets go! enjoy!

Hello kitty wants to eat your brains!

 

So, there we go, some awesome ones don’t you think. The cupcakes are my favourite! Have you seen any good zombie tattoos? i’d love to know, and if you have a zombie tattoo yourself let me know i’d love to see it!

In Tattoos-day4, a round up of the best disney tattoos, including my own work in progress!!

If you want to read the first ever tattoos-day i ever published you can find it here.

do you struggle to relax find out what 5 things you could do when you want to relax by clicking here.

If you want to find out a little bit more about me then check out my about me page here.

Till next time,

Big love,

Amy xx

 

A few of my favourite things.

General blogging.

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the things that i have come across on the internet that i have loved.

Enjoy.

David Attenborough Pin.

Isn’t this the most amazing pin badge you ever did see??!! It’ll go nicely with my little collection on my fjallraven! I found this little baby over on Etsy at wrenandwilson. They have some awesome things. i can hear my bank account emptying as im browsing….

Succulent ring.

JewelryNatalie is an amazing and beautiful shop. All handmade by this amazing woman. Who wouldn’t love to have succulents as their jewellery. Everything in this shop is nature inspired and i think it is so inspirational to see the beautiful pieces of art she makes.

Skull ring.

How cool is this little lizard skull ring? Moon Raven on Etsy is a cool shop for unusual and dark items of jewellery.

Green leaf earrings.

Jewellery for world is another amazing etsy shop. Goddess inspired and fit for any ethereal being. I love them.

Real Rose Pendant.

How lovely is this little rose bud necklace. Ralijewellry have some amazing and pretty things inter shop. I could spend ages looking at them all.

 

So thats this weeks a few of my favourite things. What have you been loving this week?

Big Love,

Amy

xx

 

Tattoos-day 2.

General blogging., Tattoo-sday.

Here we are, tattoos-day 2.

The second instalment of tattoos-day, a place where i dump a load of images of tattoos that i have loved under a certain theme. Last time it was dinosaurs, feel free to go and check out those amazing dinosaur tattoos, especially the head one!

Tattoos-day 2 Ink-tergalactic (see what i did there?)

This week the theme i kept being drawn to when researching this, was space and galaxy. Space makes me feel insignificant, in the grand scheme of things, and love anything related to stars and space…Brian Cox, so it just seemed fair to dedicate this weeks “Tattoos-day” to it. To infinity  and beyond!

I love all of these! credit is owed to the people that made these pieces of art, but i searched through google, and unfortunately most of them sent me to pinterest.

If anyone knows either the people these belong to or the artists that created these, please let me know so i can give the credit.

Anyways, thats it for this week! Next week we are looking at zombie tattoos!!

If you would ike to go on over and check out where this all started then click here .

Do you want to know a little bit more about me and why i’m here? then click onto my About me page, here.

Big love,

Amy xx

Disney Pixar’s Coco – A review.

General blogging.

With all of the bad weather that we have been having, over here in England, I figured the best thing to do would be to light the fire, make a brew, get comfy and put on a Disney film. Pixar’s Coco to be exact.

Coco and Dia de las Muertes….

WARNING  SPOILERS

Coco is a film set in Mexico, and it follows a 12 Year old boy named Miguel. Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Pixar have done it again.

It would seem that Disney Pixar has risen the animation bar another notch! I love a Disney film, and I love a Disney Pixar film, but the recent releases from these giants, haven’t really hit the mark. Finding Dory didn’t do it for me, I thought it was just like Nemo. It was so un-engaging that I cant actually remember the story.  All over the internet there have been rumours that Pixar were struggling, and that they were having trouble with the films that they made not making any money. (not that it would really make any impact, on account of them being BILLIONAIRES) It would seem that the next Pixar films coming out are all oldies but goodies. Incredibles 2, and apparently Toy Story 4?! ( is it going to be terrible?? Are they just playing it safe with tried nd tested films?)

But, I am here to tell you, that Coco was brilliant. The visuals, especially, are jaw dropping. The animation studios Must be proud of themselves for doing such an amazing job. The clothes look unbelievably real, as do the water scenes, to the point you have to remind yourself that they are animated.

What is the moral ?

As is the norm with a Disney film, it is kinda hard to escape the moral of the story, with the typical formula,(good guy, bad guy, trustee sidekick) and it was fairly easy to see what was going to happen next. This in no way detracts from the stunning directing and animating.

The film was directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and Pixar animation veteran Adrian Molina (Toy Story 3, Monsters University, The Good Dinosaur) and produced by Daria K Anderson. (A Bug’s Life, Monsters inc, Toy Story 3). An Award winning team with many awards to choose from, meaning this should be a blinder!

The Coco Trio.

In order of front to back is Adrian Molina,Lee Unkrich and Daria K Anderson.

 

The way that the scenes are set up are brilliant, with some amazing wide angle shots of the city. The directing of the entire film was awesome. The amount of colours that they use throughout, and the variety of angles they are set in are fabulous!

Coco -The city of the dead.

(Amazing! look at the amount of detail there is in that scene alone. Thats talent!)

Story.

The story itself is beautiful, and makes the subject of death, which can sometimes be a difficult subject, especially with children, seem like a magical and mysterious topic. Mexican folklore is the main inspiration for the film, being set in Mexico, on Dia de los Muertos (the day of the dead). Which is the day that peoples dead relatives can come back to the living , by following paths back to their shrines and alters, where the living relatives have laid out pictures, food offerings, and the things that they loved whilst alive. Then, they have a big celebration.

This sounds like an amazing thing to experience not having anything like that in England. If you don’t know what it is, I suggest you google it 🙂 This story had pretty much everything you would expect in a brilliant film. Even unexpected turns and plot tempo changing. It kept my attention and kept me wanting to know what happens in the end.

Anyway, I won’t go into too much detail, I don’t want to give too much away, but I genuinely believe that this is a film that everyone will enjoy. If not for the story but for the sheer visual beauty.

 

Coco Conclusion?

In my opinion, I am glad that I watched this film and i honestly give it 4.5/5.  It was everything I hoped it would be, and more. I still cannot get over the animation in the film. If I had just come into the room, halfway through the film, and not known that it was even animated? I would probably have thought that it was a real film, with real people in it.(if the said people were far away in the film)

The story is very good too, it has tension that, at one point, was almost too much lol. It had emotions and situations in it  that are so easily relatable, for example, family bonds. I imagine if you were from Mexico, this film would be a classic for them. I’m sure i’m going to watch it again. If they can keep this train going then I’m sure Pixar will be back on top before we know it.

Big Love,

Amy xx

 

Adulting, turning 30 and making goals before turning 31…

General blogging.

So. This year is a big year for me age birthday wise……..I turned 30 in February….. time for adulting.

When I was younger I always thought that my life would be pretty much sorted by this point. Regardless of the fact that growing up, I didn’t really have any serious ideas about what it was that I wanted to do.

Adulting and The big 30….

Having a significant birthday is a big deal. 30, 40, 50, 60…. For me it was anyway. I am trying embrace the fact that I, Amy,  am now a person who is taken seriously. Living, working and looking after myself. Paying bills, and doing standard “adulting”.

I have something in mind that I wouldn’t mind, heck i would LURVE, spending the rest of my career life doing, and its a slow process getting to the stage where I am able to do that, but i’m working on it.

Moving forward…

This year I decided that THIS was the year that I make goals, scary goals, and do them before I turn 31.

I will be writing another blog post with 31 goals before i’m 31, i just need to come up with them first.

I just thought that I would pop by and show myself, let y’all know that I am still here and that I will be working on making my blog a more regular activity, even if no-one reads it.

On that note…. Big love, Amy xxx

 

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