In addition to raising awareness to the horrors of poaching, I desire to educate on the overuse of palm oil. The world’s demand for palm oil is destroying our rainforests and the animals in it.
Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year. As the rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. While 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.
Refer to previous post: The Perils of Palm Oil .
The good news is: this IS preventable. Please please be aware of what you buy! Read labels. Look for the ingredient of palm oil or any of the other names it goes by. Buy palm free alternatives.
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.
PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE MY PETITION to encourage the Body Shop to stop using palm oil and be the environmentally friendly company they claim to be! Afterall, is it worth your face mask to kill an orangutan?