Tuesday, May 12, 2009

THE RISK OF USING PALM OIL


It doesn't help that I have 2 gallons of palm oil sitting in my soap kitchen. Everytime I read anything about Palm oil and the environment I get this urge to go and dump it all. Not such a bright idea considering I've already bought it and contributed to this mess. *sigh

I came across this informative pdf on another site showing how the harvesting of palm oil is affecting the environment and animals. The visuals are very helpful in making this issue touch the soul.

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At the bottom of the file you will see a section that gives the address of companies that sell palm oil. You can write those companies and request that they get their oil from "non-destructive" sources (of course you have to threaten as a soapmaker you will never buy their product again if they don't do what you are asking).

This really doesn't mean it is an end to Palm Oil for those who really love to use it. It means we need to insist that it is grown and harvested in a more ecologically sound manner. If your supplier doesn't buy from a manufacturer of sustainable palm oil then insist they do before buying from them again in the future.

Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil Members