The secret app that can scan your shopping for palm oil

Shopping sustainably can be very difficult, however an app has been developed that can tell you if what you’re buying is ethical or not. 

‘Giki Badges’ by is the self-proclaimed “sustainable shopping companion” that fits right in your pocket.

This secret app is almost unheard of, with only 22 reviews on the iTunes App Store and just over 1,000 installations on Google Play.

Despite how low-key Giki Badges is, it has already earned a 4.7 rating out of 5 as it can scan the barcodes of thousands of supermarket products to tell you in-depth information.

Alongside telling you about the product’s carbon footprint, additive content and recycle-ability, shoppers can now easily discover what items have sustainable palm in them.

Products classified with the green palm tree badge contain deforestation-free palm and if the badge is grey it cannot be verified as sustainable.

The company is actively promoting their #PalmOilAudit, whereby people use their app to discover what in their cupboards contains non-sustainable palm oil and to swap it with a more ‘orangutan-friendly’ product.

Giki claims to do their own research into each product and its the ingredients around the world and have promised to update the app yearly.

They said: “We analyse the type of palm oil that companies use in their supply chain using data from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

“RPSO is an independent, not-for-profit, that brings together companies and other organisations who are involved in the palm oil supply chain and which follows a transparent verification process.

“The data covers retailers and consumer goods manufacturers across the world and is updated each year.”

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Brittany Tijou-Smith

Brittany is a third year Multimedia Journalism student, her work has been featured on KentLive and KentOnline. Her filming work also won ‘Documentary of the Year 2018’ at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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