Safely Sourced Snacks Delivered to your Door
Here at Chewswize, we want you to be able to eat well and work hard. Often the “working hard” bit stops you from eating well. So, wisely chosen, safely sourced snacks delivered to your door solves this, instantly.
We take responsibility for our lives, our health and our planet
All of us at Chewswize strongly believe that everything we do has a direct impact on us, and our earth; ultimately our actions have consequences. As responsible citizens of Planet Earth we only source from the most reliable producers. Our chocolate-based products are Orangutan friendly, they are palm oil free and made only with cocoa butter. If you don’t know your palm oil from your coconut oil, please read on! It’s a hot topic right now, and you’re about to find out why!
Palm OilPalm oil is a vegetable oil that is derived from the palm fruit, grown on the African oil palm tree. Today, palm oil is grown throughout Africa, Asia, North America, and South America, with 85% of all palm oil globally produced and exported from Indonesia and Malaysia; but most of the time not using sustainable measures. In total, 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually, and represents over 30% of the world’s vegetable oil production. Palm oil is found in 40-50% of household products and can be present in products like baked goods, confectionery, shampoo, cosmetics, cleaning agents, washing detergents and toothpaste.
The industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations. According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. If this doesn’t change, some animal species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers less than 3 years.
The destruction of rainforests is not only a conservation emergency, but a major animal welfare crisis as well. Over 50,000 orangutans have already died as a result of deforestation in the last two decades. Animal deaths are caused during the deforestation process, poaching, or after the animal enters a village or existing palm oil plantation in search of food. Mother orangutans are also often killed by poachers and have their babies taken to be sold or kept as pets, or used for tourist entertainment.
Other animals that are in danger include the Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Sun Bear, Pygmy Elephant, Clouded Leopard and Proboscis Monkey.
Human Rights ViolationsThe palm oil industry is also linked to major human rights violations, including child labour in remote areas of Indonesia and Malaysia. It’s a very damaging workplace and more than often not, children receive little or no pay for their efforts.
As palm oil plantations destroy the rainforest land that the local people depend on, communities are forced to become plantation workers. Faced with poor and degrading working conditions, they often earn barely enough income to survive. Previously able to sustain themselves from the land, indigenous communities now rely on the success of the palm oil industry, leaving them vulnerable to the world market price of palm oil, over which they have no control.
Deforestation-The Burning Issue
Indonesia and Malaysia’s rainforests are a large part of the lungs of our planet and the home to some of the most diverse habitats in the world. Tropical deforestation is currently responsible for about 18% of the greenhouse emissions, a significant contributor to climate change. Deforestation for palm oil production further contributes to climate change as the removal of the native forests often involves the burning of invaluable timber and remaining forest undergrowth, emitting immense quantities of smoke into the atmosphere and making Indonesia the third highest greenhouse gas emitter in the world.
No Artificial Sweeteners
Do you choose soft drinks and foods sweetened with fake sugar (like Splenda, Sweet n’ Low, and Equal)? Perhaps you aren’t aware of the environmental cost? In short order, they can end up polluting lakes and streams.
Our bodies try to break down food into its raw materials to extract calories as energy and give tissues the raw materials needed to grow. But our bodies largely ignore fake sugars; that’s why they don’t get converted to fat. Instead, they are flushed out of the body and end up in a sewage treatment plant. Unfortunately water-treatment plants don’t remove all fake sugars from sewage before the water is released into the environment.
A study showed that treatment plants removed 75-90% of the aspartame and saccharin in water, but they didn’t do so well with two other fake sugars. 98% or more of sucralose (Splenda) passed right through the cleanup plants and straight into rivers, lakes and the ocean. Traces of these fake sugars can now befound not only in stream water but also in drinking water. Water containing artificial sweeteners can harm a plant’s ability to perform photosynthesis, the process plants use to produce food.
Things are changing....
The food industry is moving towards CSPO (this adds cost to your palm oil products, but it’s worth it, this is “our” planet), we think they can move a lot quicker, so the more of us asking for RSPO or CSPO accredited palm oil, the better. Sustainable palm oil is an approach to oil palm agriculture that aims to produce palm oil without causing deforestation or harming people.
Sustainable palm oil has been under fire for several years from environmentalists and organisations who feel it is nothing more than a greenwashing scheme. This view did not improve within the environmental community upon the formation of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) in 2004, but many feel that this widely accepted certification scheme has the potential to prevent deforestation in the industry.
The RSPO is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to unite stakeholders from all sectors of the palm oil industry, including environmental and social NGOs. RSPO is currently the largest sustainability-focused organisation within the palm oil sector, however its standards do not ban deforestation or destruction of peatlands for the development of oil palm plantations.
Our goal, if and when there is a strong enough certification process in place by suppliers, is to have our entire product range sourced from Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) suppliers. But for now, we're banning Palm Oil in all our products until we know there is a credible non-corrupted audit of the supply chain.
Honestly…..think about it
Yep, this does mean you pay more for your ChewsWize box, but let’s be honest an earth without the species diverse rainforests (the lungs of the earth) is not an earth we want to be a part of.