Dangers of the Palm Oil Industry
We are fortunate to share a planet with millions of other amazing species. Take the critically endangered Orangutan for instance. These beautiful creatures that inhabit the forests of Indonesia and Malaysia have had their habitats and lives destroyed by the palm oil industry, which clears the equivalent of 300 football fields of rainforest every day for the production of palm oil.
Considered the 'pests' of the palm oil industry, Orangutans are often killed when their habitats are destroyed. Palm oil itself is not sustainable - with around 68 million tons produced annually, palm oil plantations replace 12 million hectares of dense, bio-diverse rainforest. Palm oil can be found in frozen pizzas, biscuits and margarine, as well as body creams, soaps, makeup, candles and detergents. Refined palm oil contains large amounts of harmful fatty acid esters that are known to damage DNA and cause cancer. By purchasing products that contain crude palm oil, you are helping destroy ancient, pristine rainforest, wipe out species like the orangutan, and create a large-scale ecological disaster. Does this sound like something you want in your food and cosmetic products? I don't think so! Tip: take a look at the ingredients of your nutella jar and tell me what you find...
Palm oil is claimed to have many hydrating and antioxidant properties, and it frequently touted as a 'natural' product when used in skincare and cosmetics. BUT did you know that the production of palm oil is responsible for 27 million hectares of deforestation, AND has threatened the habitats of already endangered Orangutans, Sumatran Elephants, Bornean Pygmy Elephants, Sumatran Rhinos, and Sumatran Tigers?
Here are a few brands to avoid that regularly include harvested palm oil in their products: Revlon, Clarins, Toms of Maine, and L'Oreal.
Take a look at some of your cosmetic and household items and comment below if you find any surprising ones that contain palm oil!