I don't use palm oil in our soap and to be honest have never even contemplated purchasing it as an ingredient! Why? Firstly, because I can make a great bar of soap without it! And secondly there are many reasons why we shouldn't be supporting the palm oil industry. Have a read below and let me know what you think!
1. Environmental Impact: The production of palm oil has been linked to deforestation, habitat destruction, and loss of biodiversity. Large areas of tropical rainforests and peatlands are cleared to make way for palm oil plantations, leading to the destruction of critical ecosystems and the displacement of indigenous communities.
2. Carbon Emissions: The clearing of forests for palm oil plantations releases significant amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Palm oil production is a major driver of greenhouse gas emissions, making it an unsustainable choice for soap production.
3. Wildlife Threat: Palm oil plantations often encroach upon habitats of endangered species like orangutans, tigers, and elephants, putting them at risk of extinction. By choosing palm oil-free soap, you can help protect these vulnerable animals and their habitats.
4. Human Rights Concerns: Palm oil production has been associated with human rights abuses, including forced labor, child labor, and poor working conditions. Supporting palm oil-free soap helps promote ethical sourcing and fair trade practices.
By choosing palm oil-free soap (shop our range) and products, you can contribute to a more sustainable and ethical industry while minimising your environmental impact.
I'd also like to add that I have seen companies selling "sustainable" palm oil or products made from "sustainable" palm oil. I believe it's important to avoid using the sustainable options too, because in a nutshell they are promoting palm oil and encouraging its use - which supports the palm oil industry as a whole. We can all make small changes by purchasing products that don't support this industry and maybe one day see some big changes happen!