Just over four years ago two close friends, Madison and Rhiannon, discovered that the Girl Scout cookies they were selling had some negative effects on the environment that nobody else had addressed. The girls found that a large percentage of the palm oil found in Girl Scout cookies came from areas which were turned into palm farms by destroying large sections of natural rainforests.
The girls began a large campaign to try to save the rainforest and the orangutans that call the forests home. Obviously in the process the girls asked Girl Scouts of America for some help and it seems that their four year old endeavor is finally seeing some real progress.
The group responsible for baking the iconic Girl Scout cookies officially announced this month that they will only be purchasing the necessary palm oils from growers that do not and have not contributed to the massive deforestation in Asia.
The program these farmers are part of is called the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil which is determined to reduce the deforestation in Asia by using only natural palm growing facilities. According to many sources this organization is expected to have a major impact on the ecosystems of this region and as a result will make a big impact worldwide. Of course the girls that started the initiative with Girl Scouts are not responsible for the organization though they are responsible for convincing one of the largest supports to join the project to help spread the word.