palm oil RSPO

All Natural Cosmetics Limited ( All Naturals- soap range) position on the use of palm oil, other vegetable oils and their derivatives.

The Issue

Palm oil produced from the fruit of the Oil Palm Elaeis guineensis has many uses. Originally cultivated to provide cooking oil it now can be found in many food and household products such as bakery products, body care , hair care , face care products also shower gels, shampoos, soaps and lubricants. In recent years increasing quantities of palm oil have been used to produce biofuels. During the refining process, fractions of palm oil can be used to make a wide range of chemical ingredients. Many of these ingredients can be produced from mixed sources of vegetable oils making traceability difficult.

Recent expansion of large-scale palm and soy cultivation has resulted in the clearance of vast areas of tropical forests. The development of palm plantations using fire to clear land is a major cause of destructive forest fires across Indonesia. Destruction of these forests has a serious impact on biodiversity, threatening species such as the orang-utan. Tropical forests act as a store for carbon dioxide and their clearance releases CO2 to the atmosphere exacerbating the problem of global warming. There are also documented instances of human rights abuses and land disputes with local people when forests have been converted to palm oil plantations

To address these issues the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was set up in 2004. The aim of the RSPO is to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders.

 

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and also certified organic is only the oil we use in our All Naturals soap bars.

 

When I first created All Natural Cosmetics Limited I was only too aware of the controversy over the use of palm oil in a wide range of consumer products. Because of this, and all our team genuine passion about and commitment to the environment I heavily researched the topic and from day one have carefully sourced all our oils from sustainable organic plantations and in the case of palm oil from accredited organic, RSPO-certified sustainable plantations. Organic palm oil never harms orangutans and does not come from peat forests. The whole sustainability issue is vast and for that reason we have teamed up with our pals at the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) to explain why and how we’re playing our part in breaking the link between palm oil and the destruction of orangutan habitat.

Palm oil and its place in the modern world.

The world produces 66 million tonnes of palm oil a year. In the EU, seven million tonnes goes up in diesel smoke it is 11% of all global palm oil production. That is almost twice what gets eaten!

Unbelievably the EU Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation requires that petrol in your car is blended with ethanol made from wine, barley and sugar beets, and that diesel fuel is blended with rapeseed or palm oil.

This is done for “fuel security”, on planet where there is more oil and gas then we can consume. We are wasting valuable land to grow food to burn. GMO propagandists prattle on about “feeding the world” yet the food we burn could feed millions. Instead we are feeding 4X4s, trains and buses.

Greenpeace states: “We are not against palm oil or the palm oil industry” it opposes palm oil from peatlands or forest areas. It also comments that burning palm oil biodiesel is “like a can of petrol to put out a fire”

We can stop the deforestation of orangutan habitats if we stop burning palm oil. But let’s deal with the real culprit: misguided government subsidy policy. It is simply wrong to demonize palm oil and coconut oil- healthy organic fats which replace hydrogenated fat-a poisonous plasticky substance that has killed hundreds of millions of people because of decades of misguided advice from doctors and dietitians. In early 2018 the WHO called for the total elimination of hydrogenated oil trans fats from the food chain stating that 500,000 people a year still die from consuming them. At All Natural Cosmetics we  know that hydrogenated fats are not good for your skin, so we do not use that in our soaps or cosmetics.