In order to communicate the decision to remove the use of palm oil in its products, the Spanish brand TRAPA Chocolates sent an expedition to Borneo in Indonesia in September 2018. There, TRAPA Chocolates and their creative agency FCB & FiRe took a photograph of one of the rainforests threatened by the deforestation caused by palm oil plantations. TRAPA Chocolates used this photograph – which was published as a press ad in different national magazines and filmed a documentary (released on social media as “An Unrepeatable Photograph?”), warning that, if the jungle were to be deforested, TRAPA would return to Borneo to repeat the same photo, in the same place, and thus publicly denounce its destruction.
According to local sources, between the months of December 2018 and January 2019, the deforestation of the area where the “Unrepeatable Photograph” was taken was planned, so TRAPA began the common legal requirements to return to Indonesia. However, for reasons beyond TRAPA’s control, this trip could not be carried out.
Not being able to travel to finish the project, the Spanish company has contracted the services of a satellite which has confirmed that the area where the first photograph was taken is still standing. This satellite image clearly shows how all the bordering areas are deforested or exploited with new palm oil plantations, leaving only the area where “The Unrepeatable Photograph” was taken.
“They may make it difficult for us to complete the project, the palm oil lobby can try to withdraw every campaign we do, but what cannot be hidden is the deforestation caused by palm oil plantations, which continue to threaten animals in danger of extinction”, TRAPA stated, adding that “if in an effort to hide the reality, the deforestation of a part of the rainforest has been halted, we are glad to be able to contribute to save a part of this threatened rainforest.”