David Attenborough’s documentary “Climate Change — The Facts” debuted on BBC One on April 18, 2019. It features footage of an orangutan trying to stop a bulldozer from destroying its habitat. It’s heartbreaking to see. As you probably figured out, he didn’t win.

These great apes’ homes are being destroyed daily due to logging, poaching, hunting and the demand for palm oil, which can be used in a variety of products from food to soap to cosmetics. That’s right, habitats are being destroyed so we can smell or look nice.

The great debate

There are plenty of those same products that don’t hurt the environment or animals, but not everyone knows that. Even worse, not everyone cares. Many equate “vegan” with diet and food, but veganism can be so much more.

How many products does a person wear or use that harms a living creature? Leather boots or leather seats in a car definitely aren’t vegan. Cosmetics and other products tested on animals definitely aren’t vegan. A down blanket, silk shirt and many other items came at an animal’s expense.

Raising awareness

As a plant-based and vegan public relations agency, Orange Orchard works with organizations every day that are fighting to raise awareness that animals aren’t food, something you wear or test subjects:

  • One group we work with is actively trying to save the homes of those orangutans I mentioned earlier.
  • Another is doing its best to stop animals from becoming killed for their fur or animal skin.
  • And yet another is actively working to increase awareness of vegan and plant-based diets and the huge impact they have on not only a person’s well-being but the planet itself.

That’s right. The choices we make as humans can not only impact our own lives but the world around us. We think that’s incredible, and we want to help others share that message, too. Together, we can make a difference so call Orange Orchard at 865-977-1973 and let us get started today.