Friday, November 06, 2009



todays post is all about helping those who cant help themselves

Mobile Phones,
do you have one?
do you need one?

are you getting a new one?

Did you know?

More than 800 million people around the world currently use mobile phones and that figure is growing daily!

In Australia alone, it is estimated that there were 9 million new mobile phones sold in the last 12 months.

Australians typically upgrade their phones every 18-24 months! This exerts enormous pressure on the mining of resources such as coltan needed to manufacture new phones.

80% of the world’s coltan reserves are located within the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As the forest is denuded for mining, the protection once offered by the habitat in it’s pristine state is now no longer able to shelter gorillas and a range of other species from the bush meat crisis.

In Kahuzi Biega National Park, more than fifty percent of the mountain gorilla population has been lost, leaving the species on the brink of extinction.

You can make a difference simply by donating your old mobile phone!

for me i dont own a mobile phone, i dont want one & i dont need one. if anyone wants to contact me they can ring me at home its that simple. however the boys have one each so thats 3 in our house, A' is thinking of getting a new phone, to me it seems pointless as the one he already has works. {the last phone he had he gave to someone else & this one he was given} i wont have anything to say about the phone he gets but i will have a say in where the old one goes, either to help a gorilla or to someone who needs a phone. so if you have an old phone or two that dont work, maybe you might think about posting it off to be recycled & you never know you may just be able to help a gorilla.

my second primates are the beautiful Orangutan's they really do have such sweet faces & intelligent eyes


Over 85% of the world's palm oil comes from Malaysia and Indonesia.

Today, the most common cause of deforestation and fragmentation in Indonesia is related to palm oil development.

An estimated 40% of food on our supermarket shelves contains palm oil.

In SE Asia alone, the equivalent of 300 football fields are deforested every hour for palm oil production.

Palm oil typically costs the lives of up to 50 Orangutans each week.

Australians unknowingly consume on average 10 kilograms of palm oil each year because we do not currently have the ability to exercise consumer choice.

Sustainable Palm Oil Plantations are a possibility however you need you to tell FSANZ you want palm oil labeling if they are to become a reality.

Palm oil from certified sustainable RSPO sources only accounts for 8 percent of the global supply of palm oil.

90% of Orangutan habitat has been lost already.

We share 97% of our DNA with Orangutans.

as anyone who knows me or reads my blog will know that i only buy Australian Made products, but if you have read any labels lately you will know that so many of them say Australian & imported products. it is increasingly hard to buy only Australian so some times a compromise is made by me when i shop & if by doing so i am helping the big companies kill off whole species of animals that is something i find every hard to live with.

so maybe by signing all these petitions i come across & sending links to others i may be able to help in a small way & also putting the items back on the shelf that say Australian & imported product.

i really do think companies should be made to list on their labels exactly what products are imported & what are local. then maybe we could make a more informed choice.


Toria said...

Interesting information about the mobile phones, I had no idea about any of that.

I would guess that a big reason why people change phones so often is because of quality issues. I got a new mobile roughly a year ago & the battery is failing to hold a charge for more than a day now. I'm hoping I can buy a replacement battery because I don't want to have to replace it yet. A friend bought a new one about a month before me (different model), hers has died & she needs to replace it. It doesn't seem like phones are designed to last for long now, and if repairs cost more than a new phone, people will go for the new phone. It would be nice if manufacturers would make phones that last more than a few years.

I hate the lack of detailed labelling, it is almost impossible to tell by looking at a packet if there is palm oil in the product. I do know that Tim Tams are made using palm oil, so we no longer buy Tim Tams. Pringles also have palm oil in them, but I don't like pringles, so not eating them isn't a sacrifice for me :-). There is a palm oil action group who are campaigning on this issue, and they list products the manufacturers have confirmed palm oil use in.

greenfumb said...

I think phones are programmed to self destruct nowadays, like most things. Unfortunately as a working mother of teenage girls I find I can't live without it. Hubby went to a Jane Goodall thing at the zoo yesterday so primates have been on our minds too.

I didn't know about the palm oil but I try to buy Australian made and/or organic whenever possible, I find internet shopping is easier because you don't have to spend hours reading all the labels in supermarket. I don't like either Tim Tams or Pringles but I suppose I must be eating other things with PO in them:-(

greenfumb said...

BTW Hubby works for one of those companies who use Palm Oil so I have emailed him the PO Actin Group website and he is going to try and get them to make some changes. Watch this space!