Don’t be fooled by claims of Asian sustainable palm oil. There is no such thing as truly sustainable, even though the round table officials will say there is. There are only a couple of palm oil processing plants and the “sustainable” plantation plants go to the same plant as the stuff that comes for the plantations that rip through the environment with such disastrous effect. The only way to truly make a difference is NO PALM OIL – full stop.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Look out for Herbal Fresh herbal toothpaste, sold in Safeways.
Support the Australian Orangutan Project and raise awareness into the devastation that consuming palm oil creates.
Check out this great site which explains a bit about how palm oil is used and listed. Another one is Borneo Orangutan Survival site – really good with loads of info. You can download a palm oil free product PDF from their site.
Check the labels on your toothpaste (and other products). Don’t be fooled. Palm oil is listed as many, many different names in the ingredient list, including generically listed as VEGETABLE OIL, cocoa butter equivalent (CBE), cocoa butter substitute (CBS), palm olein and palm stearine…..elaeis guineensis, sodium lauryl sulphate, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, isopropyl and other palmitates, steareth-2, steareth-20 and fatty alcohol sulphates.
Yep all these are actually PALM OIL. Frightening, eh?