So now that we know that palm oil is bad news, where do we find palm oil? Part Two talks about where we find palm oil and Part Three will talk about how can we replace it with other, more sustainable products – and what resources are around to help us find those products (think cell-phone apps!).
This part might be a little scarier than the rest, because a lot of the food we like contains palm oil. To help you process this part, I’ve put two images side by side that have conflicting interests.
Does this help visualize the problem? (If you like Doritos better than orangutans, you might want to skip this part).
These foods have palm oil in them:
-Nestlé products, including Coffee Creamer
-Nutella (though Ferrero will argue that the palm oil they use is sustainable)
-Margarines, cooking oils/fats, shortenings
…and bascally everything with the ingredients PALM OIL, HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL OIL, and VITAMIN A PALMITATE.
Beauty Products/Personal Hygiene
-Soap bars (like Dove)
-Colgate-Palmolive products (including their toothpaste)
-Shampoos (like L’Oreal Vive pro)
… and basically everything containing SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, which is unfortunately everywhere, and is a product of palm oil.
Other places you can find palm oil:
-In laundry detergent
and everything that contains: Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmolein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hyrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol (Source: WWF).
Sound like too much? That’s because it is. This article estimates that palm oil is found in half of our consumer goods. Palm oil is unfortunately everywhere, and it’s time to stop using what’s not ours to begin with. Take a look at Part III for substitutes, replacements, and solutions for palm oil.