Palm Oil in Products
Palm oil is found in absolutely everything from food and household products, to make-up and other cosmetics. Today palm oil is also being widely considered as being an alternative to the natural fossil fuels that are rapidly running out, primarily being used as a form of biofuel in the transport industry.
It is thought that one in ten products found on our supermarket shelves today contain palm oil, but only a small percentage of the palm oil that is used to make these products, actually comes from a sustainable source.
But what can we do? Boycotting every product that we know to contain palm oil is simply not realistic but we can do our very best to try and encourage the producers of our favourite luxuries to find alternatives to palm oil to put into their products.
Under current European legislation however, companies are under no obligation to state whether or not their products contain palm oil specifically, as it currently permits palm oil to be stated in the ingredients as 'vegetable oil'.
It is disgraceful that this is allowed to happen as it is our basic right as human beings to be able to make an informed decision about what products we choose to use or consume. Numerous branded and supermarket's own products contain palm oil and these are a handful of the products that do...