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VIDEO: Eco-champion Sam Hill reports on the palm oil industry

Thursday November 7, 2019
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Sponsored by ethical vitamin company Viridian Nutrition, a young eco-champion has shared his insights on seeing orphaned orangutans in Borneo and the impact of the palm oil industry.


Sixteen-year-old Sam Hill, from Manchester, spent a month on the South East Asian island on a volunteer programme with Camps International taking part in a number of jungle restoration and community projects.


Sam’s expedition saw him up close with orangutans in their natural habitat at Sepilock Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. He shares his experience in a video


Borneo’s orangutans are a critically endangered species – the population has come into sharp decline, partly due to their habitats being destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations.


Sam said: “From my experience of the reforestation program and the tour of Sepilok, I feel as though it’s opened up a new area of knowledge. I’m much more aware of the effects of palm oil on our beautiful animals and planet.” 

Viridian Nutrition is the first vitamin company in the world to be Certified Palm Oil Free (CPOF), avoiding the use of it in any products.




Aimée Benbow, Head Nutritionist at Viridian Nutrition, said: “Avoiding palm oil is an important part of our ethical approach and we’re keen to educate people about the impacts of this resource. We sponsored Sam on his Borneo tour so we can help spread the message to a younger generation. 


"Sam now has an increased passion for environmental sustainability and more awareness of the impact of the palm oil industry. He has done a fantastic job of sharing his insights about the orangutans and their natural environment in his video.”

Protection of rainforest wildlife is an issue close to Viridian’s heart – The Viridian Nutrition Charity Donation Programme has donated more than £10,000 to the Orangutan Foundation since 1999. 


About Sepilock Organutan Rehabilitation Centre

- Founded in 1964, to rehabilitate orphan orangutans.

- The centre is a sanctuary for injured and displaced wild orangutans, as well as other wildlife including the endangered Bornean Pygmy elephant.

- The creation of reserve areas minimises the impact of deforestation on orangutans and far fewer young apes become the victim of the illegal pet trade.

- Today around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve.


TAGS: NewsPalm Oil, Environment, Ethics, Charity, Wildlife Charity


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