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If you know what a palm oil app is, and you think i'm re-inventing the wheel here, please scroll down to the "BEEN THERE? DONE THAT?" section at the end.

What is this app?


I will explain using an example everyday scenario:

Imagine you're buying a bar of solid soap for washing your hands:

If you buy the yellow soap - it's made of palm oil and you just killed a cute orangutan in Borneo!

If you buy the green soap - it's made of olive oil and you just saved a cute orangutan in Borneo!


So every day while shopping we decide the fate of many endangered animals without being aware of this. What if they could contact you on your phone and ask you for help or thank you for helping?

This is exactly what Bye Bye Life is for! It's like going shopping with your best friends. Green means - "GO! definitly a must have".  Yellow means "WAIT! let's shop around more"; Red means "STOP! totally not your style".

Each friend lives in a different environment for which he cares deeply in his heart:


polar bear - lives in the rapidly warming polar region and worries about CO2 emissions from fuel.

orangutan - lives in Borneo and Sumatra and worries about deforestation for palm oil plantations.

armadillo - lives in South and Central America and worries about deforestation for meat farms.

dolphin - lives in the oceans and worries about the fish being poisoned by plastic from packaging.





Algorithm


Each product has 4 (categories of) environmental prices.

plastic pollution price
palm oil price
meat/dairy or chicken/eggs price
CO2 and fuel (without transportation) price

Each price is in percentage (0 to 100) between:

the best product in that category which gets price 0 (lowest price),
and worst product in that category which gets price 100 (highest price).

For example:

A soft drink from natural squeezed oranges, packed in recycled glass bottle, will have a price of zero in everything.

Chocolate milk made from milk (dairy) and chocoloate (contains palm oil) and packed in a plastic bottle (also needs a lot of energy to produce), product will have a price close to 100 in everything.

So each product has a total environmental price between 0 and 400.

In the bird's eye view (total summary) we also get "thank you"/"Okay!"/"please help", we have colorful background of each category (animal) like a traffic light (green is good, yellow is so-so, red is bad), and also up to four stars (maximum) light up.

"Thank you" is if the average (in that category) of the products we bought is less than 25. The background of the animal is green.

"Okay" is if the average (in that category) of the products we bought is between 25 and 75. The background of the animal is yellow.

"Please help" is if the average (in that category) of the products we bought is more than 75. The background of the animal is red.

for every "Thank you" we get a shiny star. a "Okay" is worth half a shiny star. So for example if we had one "thank you" and two "okay" we will have total of two stars light up.




BEEN THERE? DONE THAT?


in theory there are palm oil apps, but let's try actually using them:
  1. Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    This app relies on the RSPO which is destroying forests:

    https://www.greenpeace.org/archive-international/Global/international/publications/forests/2013/Indonesia/RSPO-Certifying-Destruction.pdf
  2. PalmSmart - works only in USA and Canada (and UK?)
  3. PalmOilInvestigations - not available anymore at all

    https://www.palmoilinvestigations.org/poi-blog/poi-scanner-app-issues
  4. Giki Badges - not available in your country (I'm from Israel)
  5. Buycott - at least it's availabe in Israel! on the other hand it has an anti-Israel campaign.

    more to the point, many products are missing like Colagte's toothpastes, Kellogg's cereals, Head & Shoulders' Shampoo, all these sample products are nowhere to be found in the app!

    Nestle's Kit Kat is there but the app doesn't say anything about it, even though it's a symbol for palm oil.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/27/nestle-mars-and-hershey-breaking-promises-over-palm-oil-use-say-campaigners


So I plan on making an app of my own!

It will use the wonderful database of

Open Food Facts - World


combined with resources from environmental NGOs like:

https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/which-everyday-products-contain-palm-oil

https://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/25-sneaky-names-palm-oil.html

http://palmoilscorecard.panda.org/

http://www.greenpeace.org/archive-international/Global/international/publications/forests/2012/Indonesia/PalmOilFullTable.pdf

https://www.ecowatch.com/palm-oil-scorecard-find-out-which-brands-are-and-arent-helping-save-in-1882189657.html