All my bath and body products are palm oil free, but why?
Palm oil farming is detrimental to the Indonesian jungle – a natural habitat of endangered species like orangutans and tigers.
The average annual rate of forest loss in Indonesia was 498,000 hectare (ha) (FAO, 2010) from 2000 to 2010 or the equivalent of over 55 rugby fields per hour. By 2013 Indonesian plantation area nearly doubled to close to 8.0 million ha and is expected to near 13 million ha by 2020.
As a result, orangutans and other species are displaced from their natural habitat. Around 1,000 orangutans are killed a year, a major factor in these deaths being forest clearing for palm production.
Products, containing palm oil
According to the WWF, palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet, because it creates smooth consistency, creamy taste and texture and prevents from melting (chocolate). Half of products (health & beauty, cleaning, food) sold in supermarkets contain palm oil. Here are some common ones:
- lip sticks
- instant noodles
- dough (bread, pizza)
- ice cream
- bio diesel
Palm oil and soap making
Being relatively inexpensive, it adds hardness to the soap bar and promotes a stable and creamy conditioning lather. It may be used up to 40% of the recipe.
Many soap makers moved to using organic or sustainable palm oil.
Unfortunately, using organic palm oil does not necessarily mean using cruelty free product. It’s been reported few companies may still sell ordinary palm oil claiming it to be organic. Child labor may also be used for organic palm oil production.
I also, just like many other natural soap makers was using organic palm oil only in my recipes. I stopped using organic palm oil over a year and a half ago. Now, I am proud to announce that my products are palm oil FREE.
Everybody can make a difference.
For complete information on palm oil harmful effects and products containing palm oil refer to http://orangutanfoundation.org.au/palm-oil/