[KUALA LUMPUR] Singapore could become the world’s first country to only use sustainable palm oil as part of a green push to tackle forest fires and air pollution blighting South-east Asia.

Palm oil is the world’s most widely used edible oil and found in everything from margarine to soap. Its production has led to deforestation, fires and worker exploitation, environmental groups say.

In a bid to stop the rot, a charity in Singapore – home to many of the world’s biggest palm oil companies – will in January begin getting local businesses to commit to only using green and ethically-produced palm oil.

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