Palm oil is a form of edible vegetable oil obtained from the fruit of the African Palm tree. It is believed to have recently eclipsed soybean oil to become the world's most widely produced edible oil. It is used in many food and cosmetic products, including most soaps. Today, almost all palm oil is produced in and exported from Indonesia and Malaysia; but most of the time not using sustainable measures. Approximately 50% of all prepackaged foods in the supermarkets contain palm oil.
What is the problem with Palm Oil?
The single greatest threat facing orangutans, Sumatran tigers, and Asian elephants today is the rapidly expanding palm oil trade. Rainforests are being cleared at the rate of 300 football fields per hour to make way for palm oil plantations. While there are millions of hectares of degraded land that could be used for plantations, many palm oil companies choose instead to use rainforest land to gain additional profits by firstly logging the timber. Palm oil companies also frequently use uncontrolled burning to clear the land, resulting in thousands of orangutans being burned to death. Those that survive have nowhere to live and nothing left to eat.
Palm Oil in soap and skin care
Palm oil in soap and skin care products is labelled as Palm Oil, Guineesisther, Palm Oil Kernel or anything containing the words Palmitate or Palmitic Acid. Ingredients which may be palm oil based include Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl and other Palmitates, Steareth-2, Steareth-20 and Fatty Alcohol Sulphates.
Olive Vitality brings its customers the body care products made by Olive Oil Skincare Company (Australia) that contain NO palm oil - EVER! Olive Oil Skincare Company is the official soap supplier of the Tarongan Zoo