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Make-up artist Emmy Burbidge travels to Papua New Guinea to discover the truth about what’s in her make-up, and find out whether there’s a sustainable way of producing the oil used.
Emmy is a makeup artist who runs her own beauty salon in Somerset. and wants to know where palm oil comes from and how it's made. The twenty eight year-old travels to Papua New Guinea to discover the truth about what's in her makeup, and find out whether there's a sustainable way of producing the oil used in making it. Palm oil is used in 70 percent of cosmetic products, and Emmy says that her customers are increasingly asking whether it's in the products she's using. Will her trip make her change the way she runs her business? You can watch the full documentary on iPlayer +LINK+ and if you're from outside the UK you can watch it +HERE+ (YouTube Link) Produced: Claire Marshall Filmed, edited and directed: Andy Brownstone
Deforestation caused by palm oil cultivation is pushing orangutans closer to farmers who see them as pests.
As Indonesian orangutans come into closer contact with humans, they are at increasing risk of capture.
Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has warned the EU that it risks starting a trade war with Malaysia, due to the bloc's policies relating to the use of palm oil.
Earlier in March, the European Commission decided to phase out the use of palm oil in transportation fuel by 2030, after concluding that palm oil cultivation results in excessive deforestation.
Malaysia is the world's second largest producer of palm oil, and it is concerned that decreasing demand for palm oil could impact hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Dr Mahathir, 93, said the EU's changing attitude towards palm oil was due to a desire to protect European alternatives to palm oil, such as rape seed oil.
"To do that kind of thing to win a trade war is unfair," Dr Mahathir told Reuters.
"Trade wars are not something we like to promote but on the other hand it is grossly unfair for rich people to try and impoverish poor people."