Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet. In India it is most commonly used as a cooking oil as well as an ingredient in a wide range of consumer goods. In fact, India is the largest user of palm oil products, capturing over 20 percent of global supply.
Oil palm grows in tropical rainforests, and the uncontrolled clearing of these forests for plantations has led to widespread loss of forests and the habitat destruction endangered species, including orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos.
The good news is you don't have to give up products containing palm oil! It can be produced in a responsible manner that respects the environment and the communities where it is commonly grown.
Many products that use palm oil aren't clearly labeled. Palm oil and its derivatives can appear under many names, including:
INGREDIENTS: 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
CONTAINS: Palm oil
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established by NGOs like WWF and responsible companies to find ways to address the environmental and social problems by unsustainable oil palm cultivation.
Many companies around the world have committed to sourcing only palm oil produced under the principles of the RSPO.
Sadly, in India, despite our huge appetite for palm oil, there are very few RSPO-certified products available.
You can help by contacting companies to urge them to use only certified sustainable palm oil in your favourite everyday products.
|See how different food brands, globally, are doing in the quest for sustainable palm oil in WWF’s 2016 Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard.|