I’m sure you’ve all heard of that one overly destructive oil called, Palm Oil.
The one that’s sourced from the fruit of an Oil Palm. The one that has been industrialized to the point that it is now responsible for the death of nearly 150,000 Orangutans in the last 16 years, along with 90% of their habitat.
The one that now impacts the lives of many children in remote locations due to child labour and human rights violations. The one that displaces Indigenous peoples. The one that significantly contributes to climate change and the demise of our most endangered animals across Asia. The one that destroys rainforests around the world at an alarming rate.
Yep… That one.
This oil is really no different from any other crop… In fact, it’s actually very effective! There are 2 different species native to Western Africa and Central/South America. The African plant (Elaeis guineensis) was imported to Asia, heavily planted across many areas, and is now destroying the environment at an incredibly alarming rate.
But the problem is not the oil itself, it’s the mass production and the destructive process that’s used to obtain it which is the root of all issues (all thanks to capitalism).
It’s said that the equivalent of 300 soccer fields of rainforest is cleared every hour for this production… So as you can probably tell, it’s a serious problem.
This oil is used in nearly every category of product we use in our homes. So much so, that 60-million tonnes of it are exported out of South East Asia every single year. It’s become something that producers simply can’t live without, and even when it’s the backbone of the most environmentally destructive industries on the planet, that is completely put aside.
Once I decided to start palm oil research, I began to notice just how difficult it was to find palm oil free products. To make it even more difficult, I discovered that there are more than 200 different names that can mask this pesky little oil:
Other names to look out for ☟
|Ingredients: Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol (472a/E472a), Aluminium stearate, Aluminium, calcium, sodium, magnesium salts of fatty acids (470/E470a; E470b), Ammonium laureth sulphate, Ammonium lauryl sulphate, Arachamide mea, Ascorbyl palmitate, Ascorbyl palmitate (304), Azelaic acid, Butyl stearate, Calcium lactylate, Calcium oleyl lactylate, Calcium stearate, Calcium stearoyl lactylate (482/E482), Capric triglyceride, Caprylic acid, Caprylic triglyceride, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Caprylic/capric/stearic triglyceride, Capryloyl glycine, Caprylyl glycol, Ceteareth (2-100), Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl ethylhexanote, Cetearyl glucoside, Cetearyl isononanoate, Ceteth-20, Ceteth-24, Cetyl acetate, Cetyl alcohol, Cetyl ethylhexanoate, Cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, Cetyl lactate, Cetyl octanoate, Cetyl palmitate, Cetyl ricinoleate, Citric and fatty acid esters of glycerol (472c/E472c), Cocoa butter equivalent (CBE), Cocoa butter substitute (CBS), Decyl oleate, Diacetyltartaric and fatty acid esters of glycerol (472e/E472e), Dilinoleic acid, Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, Disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate, Distilled Monoglyceride Palm, Elaeis guineensis oil (most commonly recognised in cosmetics), Emulsifier 422, 430-36, 470-8, 481-483, 493-5, Epoxidized palm oil (uv cured coatings), Etyl Palmitate, Ethyl lauroyl arginate (243), Ethylene glycol monostearate, Ethylhexyl hydroxystearate, Ethylhexyl palmitate, Ethylhexyl stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fatty alcohol sulphates, Glycerin, Glycerin or glycerol (442), Glyceryl distearate, Glyceryl laurate, Glyceryl monostearate, Glyceryl myristate, Glyceryl oleate, Glyceryl polymethacrylate, Glyceryl stearate, Glyceryl stearate SE, Glycol distearate, Glycol stearate, Guineesis (palm), Hexadecylic, Hexyl laurate, Hexyldecanol, Hydrogenated palm glycerides, Isopropyl isostearate, Isopropyl palmitate, Isopropyl titanium triisostearate, Isostearamide DEA, Isostearate DEA, Isostearic acid, Isostearyl alcohol, Lactic and fatty acid easters of glycerol (472b/E472b), Lauramide DEA, Lauramide MEA, Lauramine oxide, Laureth, Lauric acid Lauroyl sarcosine, Lauryl betaine, Lauryl lactate, Lauryl glucoside (from palm), Lauryl pyrrolidone, Linoleic acid, Magnesium myristate, Magnesium stearate, Mixed tartaric, acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol (472f/E472f), Mono-and- di-glycerides of fatty acids (471/E471), Myristate, Myristic acid, Myristic Cetrimonium Chloride Acid, Myristoyl, Myristyl alcohol, Myristyl myristate, Octyl palmitate, Octyl stearate, Octyldodecyl myristate, Octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, Oleamide MIPA, Oleic acid, Oleyl betaine, Palm Glycerides, Palm fruit oil, Palm Kernel, Palm kernel oil, Palm oil, Palm olein, Palm stearine, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmitic acid, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium chloride, Palmityl Alcohol, Palmolein, Palmitoyl myristyl serinate, Palmitoyl oxostearamide, Palmitoyl oligopeptide, Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, PEG-100 stearate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, VEGETABLE OIL, Vegetable Fat|
Scary right? This oil seriously is everywhere, and sadly, many companies are going to extreme measures to ensure we don’t know about the ingredients used in the products we purchase. It makes me really worried about what I’m essentially buying into without any knowledge, and I think you should be too.
In the above list, I’ve highlighted the alternative names for palm oil that you’ll most commonly see on the shelf. Basically, anything with the word ‘palm’ in it, is palm oil ⏤ no doubt about it. Although the one you really need to worry about… is “Vegetable Oil”.
Many companies have the ability to openly mask their ingredients under this title with very little transparency. Essentially, vegetable oil could be a mix of a few different oils, but sadly, the most common concoction on the market is made with palm.
If you’re really unsure of what you’re purchasing (which is likely the case when buying an unknown ‘vegetable oil’), a great tip I found is that if the saturated fat content is more than 50% in a product, it is bound to be palm oil.
They really have made it incredibly difficult for consumers to make ethical decisions. And because I don’t believe that boycotting is the answer, there is another solution…
Sustainable Palm Oil
Certified Sustainable Palm Oil is operated by RSPO. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil thoroughly believes in the ethical production of palm oil for global use products.
They mark products from brands/companies that stick to strict criteria, with an eye-catching symbol that makes it clear for consumers. They bid to reduce the negative impact on the environment from deforestation and destructive plantations that brands purchase their oil from.
What RSPO thoroughly believe, is that palm oil is beneficial in many circumstances when used in a sustainable manner. They figure that switching to other vegetable oils for the same purpose (such as sunflower oil) will have greater negative implications on the planet – this is due to these particular Oil Palms producing 4-10 times more oil than other crops per unit of cultivated land.
To be stamped with the RSPO Trademark, no primary forests or areas that contain significant concentrations of endangered species or fragile ecosystems can be cleared. Fair treatment of workers according to local and international labour rights standards are to be in place at the selected plantations, and a consultation with the local community is to take place before the development of new plantations too.
Unfortunately, many brands try to trick the system and still cause destruction even when they are classified RSPO. It can be very hard to track, and many will say that all palm oil is bad, regardless of the label it has.
Personally, I do think that ethical/sustainable palm oil is the only way forward. But after seeing the destruction for myself, I’m not sure how sustainable “sustainable palm oil” really is at this current point. Many brands breach the regulations and still label themselves as sustainable, even when their practices are much the opposite.
The current situation means that I only ever buy products that I’m 100% certain contain sustainably sourced palm oil… If I’m not certain, I avoid it at all costs (very aware of the privilege I have in being able to do so).
150,000 Orangutan deaths in the last decade and a half doesn’t seem very sustainable to me… We really need to demand that organisations step in and source their ingredients without any further destruction, because the blame should not be placed on the consumers. We need system change.
And now’s where we find out what type of products we’ve all been purchasing that contain palm oil. Please, be warned… It’s another big list.
I wish I could tell you this list has covered everything… But sadly I’d be lying. Unfortunately, this ingredient has swallowed up our world by whole. From the things we wash our hair with, to the things we use to clean our homes.
It’s even in our cars… 51% of all palm oil exported to Europe is turned into a fuel masked as “green biodiesel”. And although it sounds like a positive, it’s actually 3X worse for the environment than regular diesel due to the extreme deforestation that is caused in the making.
Palm Oil has basically found its way into everything that consumers of the human race love and need to buy (smart thinking on their behalf I guess).
So what can YOU do to help?
— Sign petitions
— Encourage companies to source their palm oil responsibly
— Contact government reps and ask them to apply mandatory palm oil labelling across the board
— Email your favourite brands and ask them about their palm oil stance (remember, it’s not the oil that’s bad, its the process that’s used to create it)
— Vote for leaders who understand the urgency of our climate crisis and how desperately the environment needs to be protected.
— Support organizations that protect rainforest ecosystems and wildlife, whilst also working with local communities to find sustainable economic solutions (remember, this is about planet AND people… It’s not a sustainable solution if we don’t consider them).
— Fight for zero deforestation in any way that you can, and remember that your money is powerful…
— Look into your bank and insurance companies to ensure that they aren’t investing in deforestation or harmful practices.
— And if you have the ability to do so, try your best to support the brands that are kind to the environment, not the ones that contribute to its destruction.
To help you reduce your impact, I’ve constructed a list of products with palm oil that you should remove from your trolley (if possible), along with the palm oil free/sustainable palm oil products that you can buy as a replacement.
It’s important to remember that small things lead to big changes. If we all do nothing, nothing will ever change.
Before you begin reading this, please remember that this list is only a very minor selection of what’s really on the market. It’s basically just to show you that there are other alternatives to those that are damaging to our planet.
WARNING! This list was conducted through my own research in Australia and is based on Australian brands. International companies may use different ingredients depending on the location.
Brands may regularly change their formulation without my knowledge making a few things inaccurate. I try to update when I find new discoveries, but I may miss a few. Please do your research with the brand before taking my word, and if you know of anything that seems to be incorrect, please let me know!
NUT BUTTERS / SPREADS:
Palm Oil Products – Kraft Peanut Butter, Kraft Hazelnut and Chocolate Spread, Skippy’s Peanut Butter, Mighty Mite, Woolworths Crunchy Peanut Butter, Bega, Cadbury, Philadelphia, Promite
Palm Oil FREE Products – Sanitarium Peanut Butter and Marmite, Vegemite, Melrose, Aussie Mite, Dick Smith Peanut Butter, Omega Mite, Meridian, Pic’s, Mayvers, Lindt Hazelnut Spread, Nuttvia Hazelnut Spread, Venchi’s Suprema XV, Whole Earth Organic Smooth Peanut Butter, Pip & Nut, Biona, Raw Health, Luisella Chocolate Spread, Vego, Mr Organic
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Nutella, Waitrose, Coles Peanut Butter, Sainsbury’s Own Brand, Tesco Own Brand
Palm Oil Products – Meadowlea, Flora, Woolworths Brand, Weightwatchers, Western Star, Pro Activ, Devondale (less fat range), Clover, Community Co (all but cococunt oil spread)
Palm Oil FREE Products – Block/Stick Butter (All Brands), Alpha One, Mainland Buttersoft, Lurpak, Devondale (Originals), Nuttelex Coconut Oil, Yeo Valley, Community Co Coconut Oil Spread
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Coles Brand, Waitrose, Nuttelex (All but Coconut Oil), Sainsbury’s Own Brand, M&S, Tesco Own Brand
Palm Oil Products – Woolworths Brand, Wonder White, Mighty Soft, Helgas
Palm Oil FREE Products – Golden Crumpets, Waitrose Own Brand, All Sourdough Breads, Biona, Weight Watchers, Mountain Bread
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Coles Brand, Mission, Sainsbury’s Own Brand, Tesco Own Brand, Bürgen, Waitrose, M&S, Warburtons
Palm Oil Products – Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Fish n Chips (some outlets), Donut King/Dunkin Donut, Taco Bell/Taco Bills, Thai (some restaurants), Chinese (some restaurants), Indian, Wendy’s, Tim Hortons, Harvey’s, Chipotle, Dairy Queen
Palm Oil FREE Products – KFC Australia (aside from some deserts), Hungry Jacks, Red Rooster
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Subway, McDonald’s, Krispy Kreme
Palm Oil Products – Four n Twenty Pies, Heinz, Sanitarium (Selected), Pacific West, Pampas
Palm Oil FREE Products – Lean Cuisine (selected), Maggi (selected), Birds Eye (Large Selection), Weightwatchers (selected), Ingham (Large Selection), Iceland Foods Own Brand
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Coles Brand, Linda McCartney, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s Own Brand, Tesco Own Brand, Quorn, McCain
Palm Oil Products – Be Natural (Selected), Kellogs (Sultana Bran, Just Right, Nutri-Grain, Special K, Corn Flakes and Fruit Loops)
Palm Oil FREE Products – Milo Cereal, Coco Pops, Crunchy Nut, Uncle Tobys (except below), Carman’s (everything without choc/yoghurt), Be Natural (selected), Nature Valley Crunchy Granola, Purely Elizabeth (Selected), Doves Farm (Gluten Free), Whole Earth (Selected), Rude Health (Selected), Kallo, MOMA, Stoats, Essential, Infinity Foods
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Uncle Toby’s (plus antioxidants, iron, plus protein), Cheerios, Carman’s (with choc/yoghurt), Freedom Foods
DRIED FRUIT / SNACKS / DRINKS:
Palm Oil Products – Nice & Natural, Black & Gold, Kelloggs Twists, Schweppes, Fanta, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, 7Up, Nobby’s, Nature Valley, Golden Circle, Nobby’s, Parkers Pretzels, Newtons
Palm Oil FREE Products – Certain Uncle Toby’s, Coles Mixed Fruit, Angas Park, Sunbeam Sultanas, Sunsweet Dried Mango, Fruit for Life, Up and Go, La Croix, Iceland Foods Own Brand, N’eat Bars, Stoats, Macy and Tailor, Cobs
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Uncle Toby’s Bars, Carman’s, Rude Health, Freedom Foods, Sainsbury’s Own Brand, Tesco Own Brand, Waitrose, Harvest Snaps
BISCUITS / CRACKERS / COOKIES / DONUTS / CAKES:
Palm Oil Products – Oreo, Ritz, Belvita, Shapes, Waterthins, Captains Table, Cadbury, Greens, Wheat Thins, Chips Ahoy, Triscuit, Betty Crocker, Greens, White Wings, Tim Tam
Palm Oil FREE Products – Walkers Shortbread, Arnotts (Cruskits, Vitaweet), Butterfingers, Peckish, Ryvita, Corn Thins, Sunrice (selected), Fantastic (selected), Tuckers, Mission, Woolworths Gluten Free Range, Company Island Bakery, Sakata
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Arnotts (all except above) Weightwatchers, Shapes, Coles Brand, Sainsbury’s Own Brand, Tesco Own Brand, Waitrose, Stockan’s Oatcakes, Marks & Spencers Own Brand, Doves Farm, Burton’s Biscuits
Palm Oil Products – Kettle Chips, Samboy Chips, Thins Chips, Doritos, Burger Rings, Pringles, Bluebird, Old El Paso, Walkers, Lays, Red Rock Deli, Lays
Palm Oil FREE Products – Vege Chips Company, Smiths, Thins Popped, Tyrrells, Mission, Grain Waves (Australia ONLY), Kettle Veggie Chips, Byron Bay Chilli Co., Cheetos, Twisties, Cobs, Mission
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Cheezels, Thins, CC’s Corn Chips, French Fries, Natural Chip Company, Walkers, Sainsbury’s Own Brand, Tesco Own Brand, Waitrose, Harvest Snaps
Palm Oil Products – Allens, Pascall, Fantails, Starburst Fruit Chews, Haribo, Juicy Fruit, Hubba Bubba, Sour Patch Kids, Natural Confectionery Co (UK)
Palm Oil FREE Products – Mentos, Pez, Chuppa Chups, Wizz Fizz Sherbert, Sherbies, Darrel Lee Licorice, Biona, Jelly Belly, Starburst (selected), Wriggly’s Chewing Gum, Sainsbury’s Own Brand, Tesco Own Brand, Waitrose, Natural Confectionery Co (Aus and US only)
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Skittles
Palm Oil Products – Milky Way Bars, Favourites, Picnic, Time Out, Cadbury with soft filling, Quality Street, Nestle, Reeses, Ovaltine, Kit Kat, Hershey, Mars Bars, Maltesers, Snickers, Twix, Boost, M&M Variety, Celebrations, Bounty, Nesquik, Smarties, Aero, Milka, Smarties
Palm Oil FREE Products – Milo (Australia only), Crunchy, Flake, Lindt (blocks only – Lindor balls contain Palm Oil), Whittakers, Loving Earth, Twirl, Toblerone, Cadbury (ONLY plain chocolate – AUS/NZ Only), Pana Chocolate, Guylain, Booja Booja, Ombar, Divine, Moo Free, Cocoa Loco, Moo Free, Vego, Montezuma, Moo Free, Pico, Darrel Lee
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Ferrero, Koko Black, Violet Crumble, Lindt Lindor, Kinder, Thorntons, Terry’s Chocolate Orange, After Eight, Sainsbury’s Own Brand, Tesco Own Brand
Palm Oil Products – Bulla, Choc Tops, Sara Lee, Streets, So Good, Woolworths Homebrand, Blue Ribbon, Sara Lee, Nestle Brand, Häagen-Dazs, Movenpick, Magnum, Cornetto
Palm Oil FREE Products – Weis, Ben & Jerry’s, Golden North, Life Savers, Booja Booja, Over the Moo (All but caramel)
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Coles Brand, Over the Moo (Caramel), Sainsbury’s Own Brand, Tesco Own Brand, Waitrose
Palm Oil Products – Fantastic, Nissin, Woolworths Brand, Indo Mie (Mie Goreng), Suimin, Easy Mac, Continental, Maggi
Palm Oil FREE Products – Wokka, Kan Tong, Changs, Kabuto Noodles
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Coles Brand
Palm Oil Products – Rimmel, Revlon, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, Aveda, Elf, Max Factor, Covergirl, Elf, M.A.C, Essence, Chanel, L’Oreal, Maybelline, Estee Lauder, YSL, Urban Decay, IT Cosmetics, NYX
Palm Oil FREE Products – Eco Minerals, Adorn, Miessence, Inika (Selected), Neek, Elate, Dirty Hippie, Aleph Beauty, Odylique, Chantecaille
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – LUSH, Inika (Selected), Natio, The Body Shop, Australis, Nude By Nature, Nars, Arbonne, Ere Perez
Palm Oil Products – Palmers, Ponds, Olay, Dove, Cetaphil, St. Ives, Garnier, Dermaveen, Nivea, Clinique, Biore, Clearasil, Liz Earl, Venus, Manicare, Cutex, Clean & Clear, Pro Activ, Liz Earl, Aveeno, Original Source, LUX, Bio Oil
Palm Oil FREE Products – Beauty and the Bees, INDAH, Trilogy (Large Selection), Earth Conscious Deodorant, Heavenly Organics, Gaia, Cedar + Stone, Yay for Earth, Mokosh, Ashka, Urthly Organics, Odylique, Lucy Bee, Conscious Skincare, Viva La Body, Chantecaille
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – LUSH, Neutrogena, Natio, The Body Shop, Model Co, Sukin, A’kin, Zkin Organics, Arbonne
Palm Oil Products – Oral B, Cedel, White Glo, Black and Gold, Macleans, Aim, Kingfisher, Colgate, Sensodyne
Palm Oil FREE Products – Pure & Green, Red Seal Phytoshield, Grin, Riddels Creek, A Vogel
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Grants, Dr Bronner, Grin, Arbonne
Palm Oil Products – Cedel, Dove, Pantene, Schwartzkopf, Sunsilk, Tresemme, Garnier, Head n Shoulders, Herbel Essences, Clairol, Nice N Easy, Palmolive, John Frieda, Agadir, Aussie, Kind Natured, Toni & Guy, Charles Worthington
Palm Oil FREE Products – Australian Biologika, Miessence (all but below), Ethique, Dindi, Two Winged Shampoo, Only Good, Odylique, Honesty, Suma, Viva La Body
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/ No Deforestation Policy – Organic Care, Eco Store, OGX, Natures Organics, Grown, Aeosop, LUSH, Coles, Sukin, A’kin, Miessence (Desert Flower Shampoo, Lemon Myrtle Shampoo, Shine Herbal Hair Conditioner), Arbonne, Bentley Organics
Palm Oil Products – Dove Soap, Dermaveen, LUX, Palmers, Nivea, Pears, QV, Lynx, Old Spice, Palmolive, Simple, Radox, Dettol, Cetaphil, Imperial Leather, Aveeno
Palm Oil FREE Products – Beauty and the Bees, Sukin (Selected), Urthly Organics, Dindi, Ethique, Natural Basics, Freedom, Mokosh, All Natural Soap Co, Only Good, Odylique, Honesty, Lucy Bee, Viva La Body, Thankyou, Olieve & Olie, Koala Eco
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – LUSH, Billie Goat Soap, Original Source, Natures Organics, Waitrose, Arbonne
CLEANING / KITCHEN / LAUNDRY PRODUCTS:
Palm Oil Products – Woolworths Homebrand, Fairy, Black and Gold IGA, Vanish, Fab, OMO, Morning Fresh, Comfort Cuddly, Harpic, Finish, Surf, Coral, Sard, Surf Laundry Liquid, Jif, Windex, Dettol
Palm Oil FREE Products – Organic Choice, Orange Power, Down to Earth, Clean Conscience, Organic Soap Berries, Eco Leaf, Eco Zone, Urthly Organics, Eucalyptus Oil, Koala Eco, Soap Berries, Eco Mates
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Radiant Liquid, Nifty All Purpose, Cuddly Fabric Softener, Earths Choice, Organic Care, Eco Store, Method, Coles Homebrand
Palm Oil Products – Nan Baby Formula, Karicare Baby Formula (Selected), A2, Johnsons (except below)
Palm Oil FREE Products – Heinz (Nurture Gold Starter, Starter, Gold Follow-on, Follow-on formulas), Bepanthen, Heinz Organic food, Ungvita, Natures One Baby’s Only, Honestly, Jack n Jill, Messy Monkeys, Healtheries
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Thankyou, Johnsons Baby, Mum & Me, Cussons Baby, Dr Bronner, Arbonne
Palm Oil Products – Aldi, Hi-Life, Gourmet, Black Hawk, Eukanuba, Purina, Friskies, My Dog, Optimum, Kitekat, Science Diet, Schmakos, Iams, Advance, Pedigree, Dine, Royal Canin, Whiskas, Natures Table, Greenies, My Dog
Palm Oil FREE Products – Supreme, Lily’s Kitchen, Symply, Simpsons, Burns, Natures Gift, Natures Goodness, Farmers Market, Ivory Coat, Billy + Margot, Tucker Time, Burns, Harringtons, Ami, Beco, Benevo, Yarrah, Applaws, Naturediet, Love of Dogs and Cats Organic Pet Treats, Applaws
Contain Sustainable Palm Oil/No Deforestation Policy – Fancy Feast, Pro Plan, Pal, Waitrose Own Brand
(This list is purely for the purpose of Palm Oil. Other factors are put aside for the purpose of this post ie. Animal Testing, Health Rating, Plastic Packaging etc.)
So as you can probably tell, palm oil is in everything. It would be merely impossible for me to write down every single product on the market that contains palm oil, likewise to those that are free of it – I would be here for at least another year.
Luckily for some, there is a handy new app that allows you to see the palm oil rating of the products you’re buying: The POI App gives you an indication of your scanned item’s palm oil traceability; whether it is sustainable, environmentally damaging, or entirely palm oil free.
The world can be such a complicated and destructive place at times, meaning that trying to find brands that are cruelty-free, brands that stock palm oil free products AND items that are good for your health, people, AND the environment at the same time is a whole new level of difficulty… So please don’t beat yourself up!
If you have the privilege to make ethical choices, do try your very best! But the most important thing we can do is encourage action at a corporate level and demand legislative change.
25 orangutans have died every day for the last 16 years – it’s time to do something about it. We need to start making corporations responsible for their actions – deforestation cannot keep going on or else there will be no Orangutans left, and I personally don’t want to see that day!
Our wildlife, our environment and our planet are at stake. It’s time to get to work.
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PS. Making this list was incredibly difficult. A lot of companies lay low on their Palm Oil stance. If I happened to get something incorrect, please let me know so I can adjust accordingly. This kind of information is very hard to find!
PPS. If you have anything else you think I should add to the list, please let me know ☺