Buy Buy Life
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.
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
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
- Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
This app relies on the RSPO which is destroying forests:
- PalmSmart - works only in USA and Canada (and UK?)
- PalmOilInvestigations - not available anymore at all
- Giki Badges - not available in your country (I'm from Israel)
- 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.
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: