You may have noticed that some companies make an effort to say that they don’t use palm oil. I have never used palm oil and have never given it a great deal of thought. However, recently I’ve become more aware of how very important it is that we don’t use palm oil. As I have never used it, I am explaining here why at LJ Natural we never will. Do you know why we should not use it?
What is palm oil?
It’s a type of vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees, which grow in tropical rainforests. Palm oil is high in saturated vegetable fats and is the most commonly used vegetable oil. Over 66 million tonnes are produced each year. It is found in half of all supermarket products like: processed foods, toiletries (namely soap), cosmetics (particularly lipstick), candles, Instant noodles, Shampoo, Ice cream, chocolate, margarine, biscuits, bread and pizza. See more here: www.worldwildlife.org/pages/which-everyday-products-contain-palm-oil
Why we shouldn’t use it
Over the past 20 or 30 years, demand for palm oil has risen dramatically. As as a result huge areas of forest in south-east Asia and Africa have been destroyed. As millions of square miles of trees across the world have been cut down to keep up with palm oil production wildlife and plants have been decimated. Around 100,000 orangutans were lost between 1999 and 2015 and many other animals are being pushed to extinction. Not only that but the destruction of rainforests contributes to rising greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore climate change.
At the time of writing this, 25 orangutans die every single day because of deforestation. This cannot continue.
As we consume more and more of these items, more and more palm oil is needed, more and more forest is destroyed and more animals and plants are lost. Mostly people are not aware they are consuming palm oil because it is labelled in various ways on ingredient lists. These include: Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmolein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hyrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol.
What about sustainable palm oil?
There are some palm oils that claim to be sustainable, but in my opinion, if you can avoid using it altogether, do that. There are so many oils out there to use that are not causing such devastating deforestation.
If you’d like to make sure you are buying cosmetic products that do not contain palm oil then head over to the shop page, where you can be assured that we have never and will never include them in LJ products.
Better still, if you don’t mind having a little cry, pop over to the Greenpeace website and watch their new video and sign the petition asking major multi-national companies to stop using “dirty palm oil”.