Primary school pupils at South Wales school make palm oil-free soap to help save the orangutans

Primary school pupils in South Wales are making palm oil-free soap to sell at an indoor market in an effort to help save the orangutans.

Year Five pupils at George Street Primary School in Pontypool, who have been learning about the rainforest and deforestation, chose to make and sell palm oil-free soap as part of a project for Torfaen Enterprise Week.

Every year a number of local businesses in Torfaen team up with school pupils across the borough, during Torfaen Enterprise Week, to help the children develop and sell their own products at the Pontypool Indoor Market.

Indonesia’s rainforests are being torn down for palm oil, pulp and paper plantations – making Indonesia the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter and threatening endangered species such as orangutans with extinction.

Wanting to make a positive change and help to save orangutans, George Street Primary School pupils will be selling their soap at Pontypool Indoor Market from 10am on Monday July 8, and will use this opportunity to raise awareness among locals about the environmental issue.

Team leaders Teagan Cheshire and Acacia-Eve Graham told the South Wales Argus: “Our product is called ‘Sweet Soap’ and it is palm oil free.

“We are doing this to help save the orangutans and their homes.

“Instead of picking the fruit where the oil is located, people cut down the rainforest to collect palm oil.

“Orangutans are becoming extinct because of our actions, so now we are taking action and promoting awareness through our palm oil free soap.”

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at


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