Palm Oil

Palm oil is a very efficient crop compared to other oils, but make sure, if you choose to use it, that it is sustainable and organic if possible.

Palm oil seems to be in everything but unfortunately it’s one of the main drivers of loss of biodiversity. Actually, it’s only in half of everything! It is said to be found in 50% of supermarket products – from food to cleaning products to cosmetics.

Palm oil is a very efficient crop compared to other oils, but make sure, if you choose to use it, that it is Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified, and organic if possible.

Certifications such as RSPO and the Forest Stewardship Council cannot be completely depended on, and Fairtrade has limitations, so avoiding palm oil is an option, if you can. Fortunately, Ethical Consumer lists food items which are palm oil free. You can use this palm oil free list.

Ethical Consumer describes the issues around palm oil, and names stores that either avoid it or sell a sustainable version. Two supermarkets are worth mentioning, Iceland – all their own brand food is palm oil free, and Marks and Spencer – all palm oil used is RSPO certified.

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Laudato Si, paragraph 208

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