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Why Palm Oil Is So Bad For The Environment

Why Palm Oil Is So Bad For The Environment

Palm oil and/or it’s derivatives are found in approximately half of the packaged products sold worldwide. Some of these food products include bread, margarine, ice cream, biscuits, crackers, various chocolate products, instant noodles, cereals, doughnuts and potato chips.
Palm oil is also found in many packaged vegetarian/vegan food products so be aware of that.

This is just the beginning. Palm oil is also found in a huge number of personal care products (shampoo, conditioner, cleansers, moisturisers, exfoliators etc) and household cleaning products.
In fact it’s very hard to find products that are palm oil free.

You have to be a savvy label reader because there are over 200 names for palm oil and its derivatives that manufacturers put on labels. Most of these names you would never know are palm oil related unless you do your research.

In Indonesia and Malaysia, pristine rainforests/jungles are being destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations.
This is having a disastrous effect on the populations of orangutans, elephants, tigers and many other animal species due to habitat loss.
Indigenous communities are also being forcefully removed from their lands/homes by BigCorp.
Child labour and slavery are also rife in the palm oil industries of Indonesia and Malaysia.
Human right violations at their worst.

In a nutshell, when you buy products from EnviroBren you can be 100% sure that there will be absolutely NO palm oil or derivatives in any of our product ranges.
We do the research for you so you don’t have to read the labels. You can if you want to but you won’t see any scientific sounding palm oil names on any of our EnviroBren brands.

Best wishes.

Bren.

2 thoughts on “Why Palm Oil Is So Bad For The Environment

  1. Melissa says:

    Whilst I totally don’t agree with the commercial industries destroying native rainforests & ecosystems, I do think that Palm Oil is a very valuable part of our modern world. In it’s natural state, it’s a great fat for eating (nutritious like coconut oil and butter), and it helps dramatically to supply the oil requirements of this modern world in a way that canola or coconut cannot. Plus a large proportion of Palm Oil farms are not owned/run by huge corporations destroying the earth, but by local families who run Palms as part of the farm they’ve had for generations. I found this article on the subject very interesting: http://theconversation.com/palm-oil-scourge-of-the-earth-or-wonder-crop-42165
    Perhaps there’s a better way to view Palm Oil then just as a source of bad things that should be completely avoided? Perhaps taking the time & effort to source products that use ethically sourced Palm Oil might be a way to go?

    • brenda says:

      Hi there.
      So sorry for my late reply.
      I know that many people are of the same opinion as you but I won’t be sourcing any products that use ethically sourced palm oil or its derivatives.
      There’s no need for me to do that when I can source high quality products that use NO palm oil whatsoever.
      Realistically the millions of hectares of palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia used to be pristine forests/jungles which were homes and food sources for orangutans and many other (now endangered) animal species.
      These animals now only have small pockets and corridors of forest safety because of the huge demand for palm oil.
      I know that palm oil and its derivatives are ingredients in a huge majority of products but my EnviroBren business isn’t going to buy into that.
      I’d say that a large proportion of palm oil plantations ARE owned by BigCorp (there’s no way on earth that local families bulldoze/burn the amount of forests that are being devastated every day).
      That’s my opinion and you don’t have to agree with it but my EnviroBren business will always stand by my palm oil free ethos.

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