Why We Don't Use Palm Oil

deforestation palm oil

When we think self-care, we think nourishing our mind, body and soul. But what good is a product that makes you feel good at the expense of so many other environmental harms? In this article we dive into why Pink Posh Fox is Palm Oil Free + how this helps us maintain our eco-friendly values at every step of the production process.

The largest threat to the world's rainforests is the palm oil industry. The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations has devastating effects on the environment and local communities, and the problem lies in the way palm oil is harvested.

A burnt down patch of land that used to be a thriving + lush rainforest.

A recent report from the Rainforest Action Network found that palm oil is now the most widely used vegetable oil in the world, with demand rapidly increasing.

The problem with palm oil is that it's grown on plantations in Southeast Asia and Africa, which are often carved out of tropical forests.

Palm oil cultivation has been linked to deforestation, as well as habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity. In addition, forest fires associated with palm plantations result in air quality issues for nearby communities.

The palm oil industry is one of the main causes of deforestation in Indonesia, which is home to the world's third largest tropical rainforest after Brazil and Congo. The country has lost more than a quarter of its forest cover since 1990, largely due to increasing demand for palm oil.

During harvesting, the land is cleared and the trunks are then burned, which releases huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. This process also destroys the habitats for birds, monkeys and other animals that live in the forest.

A photo of a baby orangutan which is an endangered species by palm oil cultivation.

Palm oil is an ingredient used in many food products including margarine, ice cream, chocolate and cookies as well as personal care products such as shampoo and soap. It is also used in biofuel production and industrial lubricants.

Palm oil companies have been accused of clearing large areas of pristine rainforest and peatland, which are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth. In addition to this, palm oil plantations have been reported as having negative impacts on water quality and quantity, since they are often located in areas with high rainfall.

Peatland forest is also being cleared to make way for new palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia. These peatlands store huge amounts of carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as CO2 if disturbed by human activity such as logging or burning for agriculture. Peatlands also provide important habitat for endangered species such as orangutans and tigers.

A Tiger gazing through the palms

This is why it is absolutely crucial for us to keep palm oil out of every single process at Pink Posh Fox. With a myriad of other incredible oils, we refuse to support an industry that causes so much more harm than good. When you shop with us, not only are you shopping fair-trade, local + ethically, but you’re also ensuring you’re doing everything you can to reduce the environmental impact of using palm products - by simply not using them.

Check out our Body Oil to see the amazing effects of other nourishing oils.

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