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Winneeeeeers!
After thinking long and hard about the names, winners have been decided upon! Thank you so much to all the people that entered; there were some great names mentioned and judging was very tough. I wish I could give prizes to all of you, but unfortunately I can't! Congratulations to the lucky people who did win. Drum roll...

First prize goes to Sarah Maplesden; her orangutan name was "King Jack".

Second prize goes to Anne Flower; her orangutan name was "Jin Ji". Jin Ji means "precious wisdom", although not in English of course!

Palm? Tell me more!
Witness the completion of my our first competition! This one was to raise awareness of one of the many plights of the orangutans - the palm oil industry. Rainforests are destroyed for this industry, and oil palms are grown their place - many many palms, almost like a forest-destroying army. Without their forest, orangutans have nowhere to go, because they can't live on the plantations.

One of the worst things is; palm is in so many things. Sometimes it's hard to even know what doesn't contain it because it can be hidden in ingredients such as vegetable oil. Products that use it don't tend to say if the palm they use is "sustainable" or not - some people question if it even can be.

However, I have found that although the Director of Borneo Orangutan Survival UK feels that "the best solution would be not to use palm oil altogether", they are trying to make what palm oil there is, more sustainable. BOS Australia are worried that if palm is boycotted, all that will happen is that other oils that can be damaging will be used instead (warning; disturbing, sad pictures in this reference link).

The Sumatran Orangutan Society also thinks that boycotting palm is not actually a solution; they suggest that you "demand that the palm oil in the products you buy comes from genuinely non-destructive, sustainable plantations".

It seems a confusing and difficult situation so; what can you do? Well, I guess it's up to you to decide your point of view on palm, but, whilst you start writing polite palm-related letters to your favourite companies, here are some palm-free versions of products that you can normally find palm in, to give you orangutangy piece of mind, and to get you thinking who to write to. There's also an extra something there who now has a safe home. Let's hear it for the prizes (click on the name of each one to read about it in more detail):

TOC Aromatherapy goodies! oranguteddy! Montezuma's choccy! A Wicknwax tart! More Wicknwax tarts!


First Prize
TOC Aromatherapy rose shower gel & Indonesian Dream soap
Annajack's one-of-a-kind knitted vegan oranguteddy
Montezuma's speciality Orangutang vegan chocolate bars
Wicknwax assorted wax tarts

Gorgeous, eh?
All these fabulous goodies could be yours to win (except for the background SOS sarong)!


Second Prize
Montezuma's speciality Orangutang vegan chocolate bars
Wicknwax wax tart

Eat the chocolate, not the tart!
Second prize is just as scrumptious!


How did people win?
If you haven't entered by now you can't; the competition is now closed, but this is what people had to do:

Friends for life!

See the cute oranguteddy on the left, donated by Annajack, and my orangutan teddy on the right? Well, they both needed good names. People had to come up with a name that would be nice for an orangutan; male or female, it didn't matter. If people had a reason why they suggested the name they had the chance to write that down too if they wanted, but they don't have to have a reason.

When we had all the names in, my orangutan-loving boyfriend Chris chose one name out of all the entries that he felt best suited the left oranguteddy. The oranguteddy is now known by that name, and the person whose name Chris picked, won first prize.

After the first prize winner had been picked, I looked through the names that are left, and choose a name I liked best for my orangutan teddy on the right. The person whose orangutan name that belongs to won second prize!

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