Since learning of palm oil plantations leading to the destruction of homes and habitat for not only the orangutans, tigers, elephants, and rhinos; but also to the native people of the area, I’m putting my money where my mouth is (or where my post is). See previous post The Perils of Palm Oil
It seemed a daunting task, but I was determined to remove all remnants of palm oil from my house. Taking less than half an hour, I rummaged through my cupboards, fridge, and bathroom drawers checking labels and writing down the newly banned items for future use.
It was an eye-opening experience. The most surprising culprit was the ice-cream. Interesting thing is-not ALL ice cream uses it. While Hudsonville does , the local Meijer brand does not. This seems to be the case with many items like coffee creamer, shampoo, and toothpaste.
Reading the labels is important. Not everything says PALM OIL. Here is a list of other names for palm oil.
Foods, Body Products, Cosmetics & Cleaning Agents:
-Sodium Laureth Sulfate (in almost everything that foams) ^
-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ^
-Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS) ^
-Palm Oil Kernel #
-Palm Fruit Oil #
-Glyceryl Stearate #
-Stearic Acid #
-Elaeis Guineensis #
-Palmitic Acid #
-Palm Stearine #
-Palmitoyl oxostearamide #
-Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3 #
-Steareth -2 *
-Steareth -20 *
-Sodium Kernelate #
-Sodium Palm Kernelate #
-Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate *
-Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate ^
-Hyrated Palm Glycerides #
-Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye ^
-Cetyl Palmitate #
-Octyl Palmitate #
-Cetyl Alcohol ^
-Palmityl Alchohol #
# These ingredients are definitely palm oil or derived from palm oil.
* These ingredients are often derived from palm oil, but could be derived from other vegetable oils.
^ These ingredients are either derived from palm oil or coconut oil.
I was afraid of what I’d have to do without. But I’ve learned it’s actually not that hard. Where one product gets the Ban in my house, there’s usually a substitute brand to take its place. So while I’ll miss my pop tarts a little bit, I’m gaining a healthier and more conscience friendly way of living.
For more information go to http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/palm-oil.php#OtherNames