One of the steps we can all take is the reduction of paper. For example, my local public library offers a checkout receipt in the form of e-mail instead of paper. Some other places may do the same.
We can also support indigenous farming of existing products rather than farmed products that are grown by clearing existing forest land.
Finally, just supporting GreenAnswers.com helps in the planting of trees native to deforested areas.
One thing you can do, as an empowered consumer, is to stop purchasing products that use palm oil, or only purchase products certified with sustainably farmed palm oil. Palm oil plantations have contributed to much of the rainforest deforestation in both Brazil and South East Asia. In Malaysia, palm oil is their largest export and the industry is only looking to increase. It is said that a single palm tree can occupy as much as 70 square meters of forest space. Below is an example of one of the campaign posters against the industrial farming of palm oil that is contributing to widespread deforestation.
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