Why Do We Say No To Palm Oil?

18 Mar 2014

 

 

Here at Rehab London, we are all about the animals. Whether we are reading the latest from PETA on our Twitter feeds, receiving the latest emails from Cruelty Free International, or having a little cuddle with our gorgeous office puppy Jack, it seems that at Rehab HQ animals are always on the forefront of our minds.

Something that concerns the beautiful animals and also concerns us in the cosmetic industry is the frightening issue of the use of palm oil in cosmetics. Why are we afraid? Let us give you give you a little insight into why we don’t use ANY palm oil or palm oil by-products (such as Glycerin, one of the most used ingredients in natural cosmetics) in our Rehab products.

 

 

 

Proving it is the most popular vegetable oil in the world (even surpassing soya oil), palm oil can be found in over 50% of our daily products. Simple everyday items, from household cleaning agents to confectionary and even our cosmetics, palm oil is everywhere! But where is it coming from? 85% of the world’s palm oil is exported from Indonesia and Malaysia and more than often not by sustainable means.

The World Wildlife Fund state that an area of rainforest the size of approximately 300 football fields is cleareevery hour to make way for palm oil production. This pushes many animal species into the threat of extinction. Four species that suffer the worst of the habitat degradation caused by palm oil production are the Orang-utan, Sumatran Elephant, Sumatran Tiger and Sumatran Rhinoceros.

     

 

One of the most horrifying parts of the deforestation is the level of animal cruelty that is carried out on the innocent animals. We will let the images speak here.

   

About 60% of the palm oil we consume globally comes from palm derivatives and can often be a sneaky inclusion into an ingredients listing because of this. Palm oil may be listed as a fatty acid, a fatty alcohol, fatty methyl ester, fatty nitrogen compounds and as previously mentioned, glycerin.

Scarily, palm oil production has doubled over the last decade and trends suggest that it will double again by 2020. What can you do? Encourage your favourite companies to use sustainable palm oil that is certified. Educate others. Speak up. Let’s eradicate the palm oil crisis once and for all.

After much research work and research with our labs we are proud to say we are palm oil free!

Kristen Parker | Rehab London Team

 

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