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The Problem with Palm Oil - Make connects to our company and products

Calisoap has made the conscious decision to not use Palm Oil in any of our products. One of our strongest beliefs is that all animals need to be treated with respect and kindness. We do not believe in any kind of animal testing for bath and body products or the ingredients used to create them. For animals in the wild without a voice we need to protect them from deforestation and loss of habitat. This is at the center of choice to not use Palm Oil.  

What is Palm Oil?

It's an edible vegetable oil that is made from the fruit of oil palm trees. Palm oil and its byproducts can be found in nearly 50% of the premade packaged products we find in supermarkets from foods like frozen pizza to soap. So far seems harmless right? I mean you probably have some things in your kitchen cabinets right now that contain Palm Oil. [supermarket?]

There are over 200 names for palm oil which can cause a lot of confusion for consumers. Here are a few examples: 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, Palmitate, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Sodium Lauryl Sulphates, Sodium dodecyl Sulphate, Stearic Acid, PKO – Palm Kernel Oil. [wordcloud instead of long list?]

Deforestation & Animal Habitats

85% of the world’s Palm Oil comes from one place: Indonesia, a land with a rich variety of plants, animals and culture. Not only does the production of Palm Oil lead to the exploitation of workers, it is a large contributor to rainforest destruction. With the Rainforest Action Network reporting that the Indonesian government plans to convert approximately 44 million more acres of rainforests into palm oil plantations by 2020, where will all the animals go? Indonesia’s endangered animals like Javan Rhinos, Forest Turtle, Bawean Deer, Sumatran Tiger, and Tapanuli Orangutan will lose even more of their natural habitat to fires. Destruction of animal habitats, and endangering animals lives go directly against Calisoap’s beliefs.  

Image idea: 1) 44 million acres is similar to the size of the state of Missouri or 2) endangered animals

Why not use sustainable palm oil then?

In 2004, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed to promote the growth of environmentally friendly palm oil. However a study as recent as 2017 found that even with the certification process that is used by the RSPO, deforestation and fire clearing are still happening in many areas. Moreover, this certification was mostly adopted in older plantations that contained little remaining forest. This process is not enough. Calisoap will cannot put our trust in this ineffective process. (Source)

Calisoap’s desire to help and protect vulnerable animals made this an easy choice to make. Further research has only solidified our belief that this is the right choice for us. We definitely encourage you to do your own research. Here are some articles to get you started: 

PBS - Indigenous leaders call attention to disastrous forest fires

WWF - 8 Things To Know About Palm Oil