Why No Palm Oil?


Palm oil comes from the palm fruit, an edible vegetable. Originally from Western Africa, oil palms thrive in rainforests. Most of the palm oil that is globally produced and exported comes from Indonesia and Malaysia. 

Currently, a third of all mammal species in Indonesia are considered to be critically endangered as a result of the removal of native forests to make room for palm plantations. Once the forests are demolished, the understory is burned, and the quantities of smoke emitted into the atmosphere has now put "Indonesia as the third highest greenhouse gas emitter in the world." A large proportion of palm oil expansion occurs at the expense of biodiversity and ecosystems in the countries it is produced.

As native forest is demolished to make room for more palm plantations, native wildlife like the orangutan, Borneo elephant, and Sumatran tiger are being driven to extinction. " In addition to habitat destruction, and species in peril, the indigenous people are brutally driven from their land. Civil liberties and human rights violations are daily occurrences.You can read more on palm oil here.

You have my word. I will never knowingly use palm oil or any derivative of it in my products because I deeply care about the impact I have on the environment.