Training for Borneo

It’s just under 2 months until we take off to Borneo for #trekfororangutans and through all the preparation, our training is one key aspect.

The conditions in Borneo are expected to be incredibly humid and constantly over 30′. For 5 days throughout our trek we will be required to hike for up to 6 hours to get to our destinations. For the past month we’ve been taking our training more seriously and have covered some serious ground in preparation.

At the same time, we’re closing in on our target of $6,000 for WWF Australia. With just over $1,000 left to raise, it’s important that we hit our target in the final 2 months. You can donate to us here or do us a favour and tweet our campaign using the button below:

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Some of the stats on where we’ve walked

Top 5 reasons why you should remove Palm Oil from your life

One of the main questions we get asked when we’re talking about our trip is “what is palm oil and why is it so bad?” The reality is that palm oil itself isn’t that bad, it is simply a super versatile oil that can be cheaply made and used in a host of products that sit can sit in your pantry, your bathroom and your laundry.

We’ve helped make it a bit easier for you to understand why it is really important to make better choices and to try and remove palm oil from your household.

  1. It ruins the habitat of many endangered animals including Sumatran Orangutans, Tigers and Elephants. The rainforest (which is their home) is literally destroyed to make room for man-made palm oil plantations. There is enough room for all the palm oil plantations in Borneo, but companies insist on removing more forest to grow more plantations.
  2. The land that these plantations are grown on is the land of the indigenous people of Borneo. The Government and huge corporations have little or no care for this matter or their heritage.
  3. It contributes to global warming. The tropical peatlands consist of layer upon layer of debris, sometimes 20 metres deep. Burning this releases large amounts of Carbon Dioxide in to the air making a large impact on global warming.
  4. Look for the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) on products. This means that the whole process of growing, gathering and producing this palm oil was all above board and everyone was paid correctly. Choose  alternatives and take the time to read the label. We know first hand how hard it is to find out what products have palm oil in them. It may take you an extra 10 minutes at the supermarket to figure this out. Download the below image to keep on your smartphone when shopping to look at the ingredients.
  5. Pressure the companies that use it. Visit our page where you can tweet key companies to tell them to stop using palm oil altogether or to switch to using certified sustainable palm oil.borneo_palmoil_businesscard_large

We’re eating like Orang-utans!

This week we’ll be eating like Orang-utans. Yep, you heard that right.

A little crazy but it’s all part of our preparation towards our #trekfororangutans trip coming up in just 82 days. So for 48 hours we’ll be chowing down on a special diet concocted with our favourite animals in mind.

We’re hoping that this little experiment will help with our fundraising as well as raising awareness of what Orang-utans eat and how they have to forage for their food.

Around 60% of the orangutan’s diet includes fruit that includes durians, jackfruit, lychees, mangosteens, mangoes and figs. That’s a lot of fruit! The rest of their diet is a combination of leaves and shoots, insects (including termites), soil, tree bark, woody lianas, and occasionally eggs and small vertebrates. They get their water mostly from their fruit, but also from holes in trees.

Unlike you and I, Orang-utans can’t just open the fridge or the cupboard to find their food, they must go searching for it.

Apparently Orang-utans remember where in the forest they have found certain items of food which prevents them wasting time and energy searching for fruit in trees where it may not be. They can spend up to six hours a day looking for and eating. What a life!

Orang-utans must work for their food. They are capable of opening hard shelled or thorny fruits by using their teeth while using one hand to find a weak point and break open the exterior.

While we’re not going all the way and digging into the insects and soil, we’ve figured out our own diet. We’ve gone to our local fruit shop and selected a number of yummy items to keep us going including pears, bananas, papayas and oranges.

We’ve also got some yummy nuts and seeds to keep us going!

While 48 hours might not seem like a long time for this, it just goes to show how limited their diet is and why it is important that their habitat remains untouched so that they continue to dine in peace in the jungle.

On the plus side, cutting out processed foods means that we’re also ticking off our goal of NOT consuming any products that may have Palm Oil in them.

Wish us luck! It will be a fun couple of days. Be sure to keep up with how it is going on our Twitter account @borneotobewild.

You can also donate to us at everydayhero.com.au.