Project ORANGS

Orangutans Really Appreciate and Need Girl Scouts

About Project ORANGS

In 2007, Madison and Rhiannon set out to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award by raising awareness about the endangered orangutan. While doing research, they learned that the orangutans' habitat in Indonesia and Malaysia, the rainforest, was being destroyed at alarming rates in order to plant oil palm plantations. The ingredient produced from these plantations, palm oil, is used in everything from candy bars to cosmetics. After making the shocking discovery that palm oil was an ingredient in Girl Scout Cookies, Madison and Rhiannon launched a campaign to make Girl Scout Cookies rainforest-safe. 


From the Blog

February 25, 2014
In September 2011, Girl Scouts USA announced a palm oil policy which marked the first change in the organization's 100+ year history ever to have been driven directly by its own members. This was the result of our 5 year campaign, Project ORANGS, which garnered the support of over 140,000 Girl Scout cookie consumers and  organizations like the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Rainforest Action Network, and Climate Advisers.